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New sighting of missing DJ Derek in Yate

DJ Derek, who is well-known in the music scene Credit: ITV News West Country

Police searching for missing DJ Derek Morris from Bristol say they have had a suspected sighting of the 73-year-old.

DJ Derek, as he is known, was last seen on his way home from the Commercial Rooms in Bristol on 10 July.

It has now emerged that he may have been seen by friends at Yate bus station on either 16 or 17 July at approximately midday.

Officers are now re-focusing their search in the Yate area.

They have also had sightings of Derek at Cribbs Causeway and Thornbury and are looking into any potential link with bus routes in South Gloucestershire.

Since Derek was reported missing on Thursday 23 July, we’ve conducted a thorough and wide-spread search investigation.

“This has involved detailed CCTV examinations, house to house enquiries and physical searches.

“We have also had a large number of reported sightings following our public appeal and we are working through all of these.

“This new confirmed sighting in Yate will mean we will re-focus our efforts in this area and I would ask anyone who was in the vicinity of Yate bus station on July 16/17 to come forward.

"I would also ask anyone who regularly uses public transport within Yate, Cribbs Causeway or Thornbury to come forward if they have any information.

– Detective Inspector Chris Jay, Avon & Somerset Police


Woman sexually assaulted twice in Cheltenham

Police are appealing for witnesses. Credit: PA Images

A man has been arrested in connection with a serious sexual assault on a woman in Cheltenham last night.

Police are still appealing for witnesses, after two serious sexual assaults were carried out on the same woman in a Waitrose car park and Grove Street between 10pm and 12pm.

The victim, in her twenties, was followed by the attacker who she had met in town earlier on that day.

Wiltshire Police force must be held to account says PCC

The investigation will be into the handling of an alleged child sexual abuse claim involving Sir Edward Heath. Credit: Toby Melville / PA Images

The progress of this investigation has been monitored by my office at every stage and I am satisfied that the necessary momentum and engagement with the IPCC has been maintained by Wiltshire Police since the information was received.

It is important that the IPCC investigation is given full co-operation. I will be watching closely to see if any evidence of corruption or poor practice is uncovered.

My priority as Commissioner is to put the interests of victims at the heart of everything we do, as well as holding the Force to account for its performance.

– Police & Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire & Swindon
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First Great Western due to strike over bank holiday

Rail workers on First Great Western trains are to stage a series of strikes, including over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

The RMT union has announced the strikes following a row over new trains.

All RMT members have been told not to work for 24 hours from one minute past midnight on Sunday 23rd August and again from midnight on Saturday 29th August until 11:59pm on Monday 31st.


NSPCC urge victims of abuse to come forward

Wiltshire Police are due to be investigated over the handling of an alleged child sexual abuse claim in the 1990's against former Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath.

NSPCC are urging anyone who thinks they may have been a victim to contact them on 0808 800 5000 or email

It’s important that people who believe they have been victims of abuse have the confidence to speak out knowing that their voices will be listened to.

Whether abuse happened in the past, or is occurring today, whether those being accused are authority figures or not, allegations of crimes against children must be investigated thoroughly.

While some people wait years before speaking out, we would urge them to act quickly so they can get help as soon as possible. Our trained helpline counsellors are always on duty round the clock to listen and provide assistance.

– Peter Wanless, Chief Executive of the NSPCC

Wiltshire Police appeal for information from anyone who may have been a victim

Wiltshire Police are due to be investigated over the handling of an alleged child sexual abuse claim in the 1990's, which was made against Sir Edward Heath.

They have issued this statement:

Sir Edward Heath has been named in relation to offences concerning children. He lived in Salisbury for many years and we would like to hear from anyone who has any relevant information that may assist us in our enquiries or anyone who believes they may have been a victim.

We are working closely with the NSPCC to ensure that any victims are appropriately supported. They provide trained helpline counsellors to listen and provide assistance.

We take all reports of child abuse, either current or that occurred in the past very seriously. Victims will receive support throughout any investigation and associated judicial process.

If there is evidence of offences having been committed we will ensure that , if possible, those responsible are held to account through a thorough and detailed investigation. This includes any other parties who are identified as having been involved in child sex abuse.

Some people may never have spoken out about the abuse they have suffered but we would urge them to please contact us and to not suffer in silence.

– Wiltshire Police

IPCC to investigate Wiltshire Police’s handling of alleged child sexual abuse

Wiltshire Police's headquarters. Credit: ITV West Country

Wiltshire Police are due to be investigated over the handling of an alleged child sexual abuse claim in the 1990's.

They involve allegations of abuse against former Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is looking into the claims, which were made by a retired senior police officer.

In addition to this, the IPCC will examine whether Wiltshire Police took any further steps to investigate these claims after they were made.

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