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Nine women guilty of £20 million scam

Nine women guilty of £20 million scam Credit: Ben Birchall/PA

Nine women from Bristol have been found guilty of masterminding a 'pyramid' scheme, convincing thousands of people to invest money.

The 'Give and Take' scheme stretched from Bath and Bristol to Gloucester, Bridgwater, Cheltenham, Torquay, Weston-super-Mare and Wales. The six women encouraged 10,000 vulnerable women to find £3,000 to put into the scheme between 2008 and 2009. Investigators say more than £20 million was invested.

Three women were sentenced to nine months in prison. A further three received suspended sentences. Three more women will be sentenced in October.


Consultant calls for ban on unhealthy food in hospitals

A weight loss surgeon from Bristol is calling for a ban coffee shops and vending machines from selling sugary drinks and unhealthy food in hospitals.

Sally Norton works at the Bristol Royal Infirmary and Southmead Hospital. She says hospitals should promote more nutritious foods to make it easier for patients to make healthier choices.

Government official in Taunton to back watersports centre

Government official in Taunton to back watersports centre Credit: ITV News

The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport will be in Taunton later to back plans for a new £800,000 watersports centre in the heart of the town. Sajid Javid will visit the proposed site and meet members of the Taunton Rowing and Canoe clubs who will benefit from the new centre.


Cliff railway wins engineering award

A photo of the Lynton to Lynmouth cliff railway dating from 1931 Credit: PA

The Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway will receive a national award today because it's an example of exceptional British engineering.

Completed in 1890, the railway is the oldest water-powered funicular railway in the UK.

The award is being presented by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health service told to improve

The body that runs NHS mental health services in Avon and Wiltshire has been told it must improve in thirty-two different areas, including patient safety.

It follows a planned inspection by the regulator, the CQC, which highlighted staff shortages at Fromeside, unsuitable premises at Blackberry Hill, both in Bristol, and poor layout at Hillview Lodge in Bath.

The trust insists improvements are being made.

Iain Tulley is from Avon and Wilts Mental Health Trust:

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