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Cowboy builder jailed for 5 years

The builder who defrauded families in Bristol out of more than a million pounds has been sentenced to five years in prison.

45 year old Mark Jenkins used a number of aliases to target customers in Bristol, North Somerset and South Wales over more than two years.

45 year old 'cowboy builder' Mark Jenkins has been jailed for 5 years. Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Jenkins overcharged his victims and demanded large sums upfront as deposits and regularly failed to complete work.

Jenkins previously served a prison sentence for an earlier rogue builder fraud and was declared bankrupt - but changed his name to avoid notoriety.

Mark Jenkins built this extension for one Bristol couple Credit: ITV

We were extremely pleased to get a successful conviction following a nine month investigation in which we worked alongside Wales Scambusters and South West Scambusters to build a successful case against a man who has caused tremendous distress and disappointment to his many victims.

Today’s jail sentence reflects the seriousness of the crime.

The victims had their dreams and expectations of seeing their homes improved dashed, by the callous actions of a ruthless fraudster, who has been found out.

This was a highly successful example of team work at its best by those involved against a rogue trader.

– DS Adam Smith of Bristol CID


Tear gas attack on Everton fans was unprovoked, fan says

An Everton fan has told ITV News the French police attack on the team's supporters in Lille was unprovoked.

Ellie Taylor said there was nothing malicious from the Everton side before officers fired rubber bullets and tear gas in the city's main square.

Any trouble has now died down ahead of the 6pm Europa League match.

But Ellie said some of her friends suffered stinging eyes and could not see properly from the tear gas.

Cameron urges EU countries to do more to tackle Ebola

Prime Minister David Cameron has said he wants his European partners to do more to tackle the Ebola crisis in West Africa.

Speaking as he arrived in Brussels for an EU leaders summit, Cameron said, "What I hope for from this summit is that we address some of the risks that we face.

Prime Minister David Cameron arrives at the EU leaders summit in Brussels. Credit: RTV

"Risk number one is obviously the crisis of Ebola and it's very important that we take action at source in West Africa.

Britain has been leading the way in terms of Sierra Leone, we've already pledged over £125 million, we've got military and other forces going to that country to help. But we need other European countries to do more."


Murdered officer's widow resents Roberts' release

The widow of murdered police officer David Stanley Bertram Wombwell has told ITV News she resents the fact killer Harry Roberts is to be released.

Gillian Wombwell said:

I was informed all the way that there was a possibility Roberts would be released.

I have voiced my reservations again and again. We resent the fact that he will be released. Our sentence is for life and so should his be.

– Gillian Wombwell

WHO 'reasonably confident' Ebola not widespread across borders

The World Health Organization is "reasonably confident" they are not seeing widespread Ebola transmission into countries bordering Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, an official have said.

However, WHO acknowledged it is still "terrifically difficult" to get enough domestic and international healthcare workers to fight Ebola in West African countries.

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