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Skies clear in Bristol ahead of the solar eclipse

ITV News Correspondent Rupert Evelyn tweeted pictures of the skies over Bristol as the UK prepares for this morning's partial eclipse of the sun.

Becky Watts' belongings found as inquiry to last 'weeks'

A laptop, tablet and mobile phone all belonging to tragic schoolgirl Becky Watts have been recovered by investigating officers, police have confimed.

Det Supt Liz Tunks, who is leading the inquiry, said detailed forensic examinations were likely to take "several weeks" as officers try to establish exactly what happened to the 16-year-old, who was found dead more than a week after she disappeared.

Becky Watts' remains were discovered at a house in Bristol more than a week after she went missing

Six people have been charged over the case.

Becky's step-brother Nathan Matthews, 28, is accused of her murder, while his girlfriend Shauna Hoare, 21, has been charged with perverting the course of justice.

Four others - Karl Demetrius and Donovan Demetrius, both 29, Jaydene Parsons, 23, and James Ireland, also 23 - have been charged with helping to dispose of and hide the body parts of the 16-year-old.

We’d like to reassure the local community that our primary aim is to conduct a meticulous and exhaustive inquiry into Becky’s death.

Even though there have been charges brought in this case, it continues to be an active investigation.

– Det Supt Liz Tunks, Bristol Police

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Search on for Bristol girl, 16, missing since last week

Becky Watts was last seen by her stepmother on Thursday. Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

Police and members of the public are searching for a missing teenager who has not been seen for nearly a week.

Rebecca Watts, 16, known as Becky, was last seen at her home in Crown Hill, St George, Bristol at around 11.15am last Thursday.

She left the property without telling family or friends, which is "out of character", and did not take any extra clothes or her make-up.

Avon and Somerset Police have been searching for Becky since she was reported missing by her family at 4pm last Friday.

Her father Darren Goldsworthy said Becky had last been seen by her stepmother, Anjie, at the family home on Thursday.

She had stayed at a friend's house the previous night, she had come home on the Thursday morning, had her shower, got changed, and we haven't seen her since.

She's very shy and timid. She can't even go up to a till in a shop she's so reserved. This is how shy and reserved she is. This just doesn't add up.

– Darren Goldsworthy

Police appeal after murderer fails to return to prison on time

A murderer who was released from prison on a temporary licence has gone missing.

Avon and Somerset Police said Mark Stoner-Seed, 52, was allowed out of HMP Leyhill in south Gloucestershire yesterday but failed to return at the designated time.

Mark Stoner-Seed, 52, was released on a temporary licence in the Bristol area yesterday but failed to return at the designated time. Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

He is serving a life sentence for murder, grievous bodily harm with intent and arson with intent.

Stoner-Seed is described as white, approximately 5ft 7ins tall, of large build, with no hair and blue eyes.

The public are asked not to approach him but any sightings should be reported to police by calling 101.

Man sacked from stockbrokers over 'I hit a cyclist' tweet

Rayhan Qadar’s tweet that led to his dismissal from Hargreaves Lansdown Credit: SWNS

A Twitter user who was investigated by police after posting a "joke" message saying that he had driven off after hitting a cyclist has been sacked from his job at a major fund broker.

Writing under the account name Ray Pew, Rayhan Qadar tweeted yesterday: "Think I just hit a cyclist. But I'm late for work so had to drive off lol."

The 21-year-old, who later retracted the tweet and apologised online, told reporters it was a "a made up thing" and "a joke gone bad," The Bristol Post reported.

"I am 100 per cent sorry," the former Cardiff University student said.

But the apology was not sufficient to save his job at Bristol-based Hargreaves Lansdown.

One of our employees has failed to conduct themselves to the standards we expect of our staff. We find these online comments totally unacceptable.

Upon becoming aware of this issue we have terminated this person's employment with immediate effect.

– Hargreaves Lansdown spokesman

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Stamp duty reforms 'helped boost housing market'

Radical reforms in stamp duty have helped boost the housing market, experts have said.

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) said the changes - which see stamp duty increased gradually alongside the cost of the house, rather than increasing in large 'steps' - are responsible for a predicted rise in house prices, coupled with a lack of homes to choose from.

Under a revised system unveiled and launched earlier this month, the vast majority of buyers will pay less stamp duty - though it means people buying homes at the top end of the market will pay significantly more.

Read: Stamp duty reforms: How the new rules will affect you

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House prices outside London 'to see biggest rises' in 2015

House prices in the north west, south east, the West Midlands and Yorkshire and Humberside are set to shoot up by five per cent in the coming year - while property in the capital will remain level, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has said.

It comes as further research from property analyst Hometrack found that house prices in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Southampton, Bristol and Birmingham had grown at a faster rate than London over the three months to November.

The predictions come from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Credit: PA

The RICS predictions state that Northern Ireland and Scotland will see overall increases of four per cent, while the east of England, the East Midlands and the north east are set to see rises of three per cent.

House prices in Wales and the south west are expected to rise by two per cent.

London is the only region due to see no overall rise at all, though property experts have warned of massive fluctuations between different areas of the capital.

Baby found dead in gorge 'was identified by wristband'

A four-day-old baby who was found dead with her mother at Avon Gorge in Bristol was identified by her hospital wristband, an inquest has heard.

Flowers left near to where the bodies of Charlotte Bevan and her daughter Zaani Tiana were found. Credit: ITV News

Avon Coroner's Court was told post-mortem examinations had been carried out on Charlotte Bevan and her daughter, Zaani Tiana, by a Home Office registered pathologist, but further tests were required.

No members of Ms Bevan's family were present at the 10 minute hearing, which was opened by Assistant Coroner Dr Peter Harrowing.

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