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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


Black Friday's weather with Bob Crampton

We're unlikely to get the bright spells of yesterday. We've got a dull day coming up with thick cloud and an increasing wind.

Pretty much overcast this morning. Temperatures not too bad but the easterly wind picks up.

The result is it may not feel like 12 degrees in the afternoon. Nevertheless thats still a decent high in late November. Just the chance of something resembling brightness in East Wiltshire.

Have you seen missing Jessica?

Jessica Buttigieg was last seen on Tuesday afternoon Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Police are trying to trace a 15-year-old schoolgirl who has been missing since Tuesday 25 November.

Jessica Buttigieg, from Locking near Weston-super-Mare, failed to return home after school.

Officers say she was last seen between 3 and 4pm on Tuesday. She was getting off a school bus in Locking Village, by the Post Office and Manor Stores.

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