Clifton Suspension Bridge ditches cash tolls over Coronavirus

Image copyright Getty Images Tolls for the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol have become cash free for the first time in its 156-year history because of the Coronavirus pandemic. They will instead be paid using the bridge’s contactless payment system. The bridge has also introduced a one-way system for pedestrians to increase distancing for essential commuters. “Stopping the handling of cash will reduce the chances of one of us picking something up,” said bridgemaster Trish Johnson. Ms Johnson said the …

UK urged to show support for NHS staff with mass clap

People have been urged to support NHS staff – who are working tirelessly during the coronavirus outbreak – with a simple but powerful gesture. Organisers of Clap for our Carers are asking everyone to show their appreciation to doctors, nursers, GPs, carers, emergency workers and pharmacists. People have been encouraged to clap from their front doors, gardens, balconies and living rooms in a show of support at 8pm this evening (March 26). The message has been shared widely on Twitter …

Avonmouth body mystery: Police issue e-fit appeal

Image copyright Avon & Somerset Police Image caption The man’s body was found near Boundary Road in Avonmouth on 8 March Police are appealing for help to solve the mystery of the identity of a man whose body was discovered submerged in a water-logged field. Avon and Somerset Police released an e-fit of the man found by a dog walker at Avonmouth, Bristol, on 8 March. Checks of missing persons reports and the DNA database have proved fruitless, the force …

What we are missing about our old lives in Bristol

The sun is shining, spring is in the air at last after what effectively seemed like seven months of autumn. But an invisible dark cloud hangs over Bristol, Britain and indeed the world. The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has stopped our lives in their tracks, and left us pretty much prisoners in our own homes – if we are lucky enough to have them. It is the greatest challenge facing our, or indeed any, generation since the Nazis were poised to …

Coronavirus: Stranded Bristol tourist advice ‘not good enough’

Image copyright May Colquhoun Image caption May Colquhoun said tourists were “not being given enough clarity” on what support is there for them A mother and daughter stranded in Australia said the British embassy’s advice to call family for money was “not good enough”. May Colquhoun and her mother, both from Bristol, flew to Melbourne on 11 March before the Foreign Office issued travel advice over coronavirus. She said she keeps “bursting into tears” because she does not know when …

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