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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.
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.
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.
Police are investigating after a man wrote on Twitter, "Think I just hit a cyclist. But I'm late for work so had to drive off lol."Read the full story ›
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
An inquest has opened and been adjourned into the death of a mother and baby who's bodies were found in the Avon Gorge in Bristol.
No cause of death was given at the inquest in Flax Bourton, but coroner Dr Peter Harrowing said that both bodies were "found lifeless after apparently falling". The inquest will be held on April 16.
Thirty-year-old Charlotte Bevan left St Michael's Hospital in Bristol with four-day-old Zaani Tiana at around 9pm on December 2. CCTV footage showed the new mother leaving the hospital without a coat, wearing hospital slippers, carrying her daughter in a blanket.
Search teams located the bodies of Ms Bevan and Zaani on the Avon Gorge on December 3 and 4 respectively.
An inquest into the deaths of a mother and newborn baby found dead after going missing from a maternity hospital is due to open today.
New mother Charlotte Bevan, aged 30, walked out of St Michael's Hospital in Bristol with four-day-old Zaani Tiana on December 2, wearing hospital slippers and no coat.
They were both found in the Avon Gorge in the following days.
A funeral for the pair will be held at Christ Church in Clifton at 1pm on Friday.
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