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Bristol Children's Hospital reopens Emergency Dept.

Bristol Children's Hospital officially reopens its Paediatric Emergency Department today.

It's after £350,000 worth of development work to redesign and refurbish the facility. Staff, patients and visiting relatives will mark the event with a special ribbon-cutting ceremony later.

Bristol Royal Hospital for Children. Credit: PA


Insufficient evidence to charge Melanie Hall suspect

The Crown Prosecution Service has decided there is insufficient evidence to charge a 45-year-old Bath man in relation to the death of Melanie Hall.

He was arrested on 19 November 2013 on suspicion of murder and had been bailed until 1 Dec 2014 pending a CPS charging decision.

We respect the decision of the CPS and will continue to work with them as this investigation continues.”

– Det Chief Inspector Gareth Bevan, Avon & Somerset Police

25 year-old Melanie Hall from Bradford-on-Avon went missing in 1996, after a night out in Bath. Her body was discovered underneath Junction 14 of the M5 in 2009. No one has ever been charged with her murder.

Chief Constable panel could be held in public

Chief Constable Nick Gargan was suspended in May amid allegations of inappropriate behaviour towards female staff. Credit: PA

A gross misconduct hearing for the Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset could be held in public.

Nick Gargan is accused of making inappropriate advances to female colleagues, and disclosing confidential information.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission can hold hearings in public if it decides there are exceptional circumstances. It is holding a consultation on the issue which will run until Wednesday 10 December.


Could this be the first Christmas jumper for a cow?

Gloria looks very festive in her jumper - but it's also carrying an important message Credit: Send A Cow

Christmas jumpers - in varying degrees of tastelessness - have become fashionable festive wear but a charity based near Bath has come up with what it believes is the first to be worn by a cow.

Gloria, the mascot of Send a Cow, has had a jersey knitted for her (with natty Velcro straps) to highlight the charity's alternative gift catalogue. People are invited to come up with presents that can change the lives of families in Africa.

A local cow would set you - or your group - back £205 and would provide a farming family with milk and manure to keep their land fertile.

This year we’ve taken the idea of the quirky Christmas jumper one step further, to encourage people to think differently about the gifts they buy this Christmas.

Instead of buying chocolate for a friend, why not buy something unusual - for as little as £5 you will greatly improve the lives of poverty-stricken families in Africa.

This is our 13th year of the Christmas catalogue and over the years we’ve raised over £8 million to help poor families.

– Simon Barnes, CEO of Send a Cow

For more information go to the charity's website

Men sentenced to total of 40 years for child exploitation

Clockwise: Mohamed Jumale, Omar Jumale, Said Zakaria, Mohamed Dahir, Abdirashid Abdulahi, Jusef Abdirizak, Sakariah Sheikh Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Mohamed Jumale, Omar Jumale, Said Zakaria, Mohamed Dahir, Abdirashid Abdulahi, Jusef Abdirizak, Sakariah Sheikh

Seven men have been sentenced at Bristol Crown Court to a total of just over 40 years for child sexual exploitation offences. The men were convicted as a result of Operation Brooke, a lengthy investigation by Avon and Somerset Police into the grooming and sexual exploitation of under-age girls in Bristol.

  • Mohamed Jumale has been sentenced to 10 years
  • Omar Jumale has been sentenced to 2 years
  • Mohamed Dahir has been sentenced to 2 years
  • Said Zakaria has been sentenced to 11 years
  • Jusef Abdirizak has been sentenced to 7.5 years
  • Abdirashid Abdulah has been sentenced to 4 years
  • Sakariah Sheikh has been sentenced to 4 years
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