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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

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.

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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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Inquest: Mother and baby 'found lifeless after falling'

Charlotte Bevan

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.

Inquest into baby and mother found dead in gorge to open

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.

Charlotte Bevan Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

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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