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Cracking down on the West's cycle thieves

Avon & Somerset Police have been conducting a series of raids in an operation to crack down on organised bicycle theft.

Our correspondent Bob Constantine is with them

Union warns of the impact of Gargan's return to work

The union Unison says it is concerned about the impact of Nick Gargan's return to work on its members Credit: PA

The country's biggest trade union, UNISON, has written to its members saying it is worried about the impact of Somerset's Chief Constable returning to work.

It follows calls from retired police officers and serving ones for Nick Gargan to step down after he was found guilty of eight misconduct charges.


Police investigate cash machine raid in Bristol

Part of Bishopsworth Road in Bristol while police investigate an incident near the Co-op Credit: Google

Police have closed part of Bishopsworth Road in Bristol while they investigate a raid on a cash machine near the Co-operative Store.

It has been closed between Lulsgate Road and Cheddar Grove since 2.30am.

Traffic is being advised to use A38 Bridgwater Road and rejoin Bishopsworth Road via Kings Head Lane.

We were made aware of an ATM on fire in Bishopsworth Road, Bristol this morning at 2am.

Cash had been stolen and a car drove away from the scene.

A vehicle, believed to have been used in the incident was later recovered in the Gatehouse Court area of South Bristol at about 5.50am, containing money taken during the earlier incident.

Our enquiries are continuing and we would like to hear from anyone who as in the either the Bishopsworth Road of Gatehouse Court areas this morning, who may have information to help our enquiries.

– Avon & Somerset Police spokesperson

Tesco bans small cartons of Ribena

Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

A soft drink made in the Forest of Dean will no longer be sold by a major supermarket following concerns about child obesity.

Lunch-box sized cartons of Ribena, which is bottled in Coleford, have been banned by Tesco because of its sugar content.

The supermarket giant will continue to sell no-added sugar versions and cordial bottles.

Psychiatric patient convicted of killing his parents to be sentenced

Timothy Crook was convicted of killing his parents. Credit: Wiltshire Police

A man from Swindon who killed his parents in 2007 will be sentenced later today.

A jury found Timothy Crook guilty of manslaughter due to diminished responsibility last week.

The 50-year-old denied killing Bob and Elsie Crook, whose bodies were found under wheelie bins at a house he owned in Lincoln.


Man injured after seagull attack in Bristol

There have been several reports of seagull attacks in our region in recent weeks. Credit: Craig Watson/PA

The growing problem of seagulls in our city centres has again been highlighted after a man was badly injured by a gull and ended up in hospital.

Allan Plaister was dive-bombed by the bird, who managed to knock him off his bike while he was cycling in the centre of Bristol. He's now on crutches, but says it could have been worse had he fallen into passing traffic.

Bristol City Council has set aside £200,000 to look at ways of tackling the problem the city's gull problem, and the Prime Minister has spoken about the issue, in the wake of several gull attacks on pets and people in recent weeks.

Bob Constantine has more.

Woman stabbed to death in Bristol was pregnant

Amal Abdi was four months pregnant. Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

A young woman whose death in Bristol has sparked a murder enquiry has been named.

21-year-old Amal Abdi was four months pregnant, and died from stab wounds at a property in Barton Hill on Sunday.

A 21-year-old man arrested on suspicion of her murder remains in police custody.

Local police have been patrolling the neighbourhood.

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