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Five arrested in Bristol bike theft crackdown

Police are still trying to find the owners of 28 of the stolen bikes. Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

Five people were arrested today, as part of a year-long police investigation targeting organised criminals stealing bikes in Bristol and South Gloucestershire.

Four men aged 18, 19, 21 and 22, and a woman aged 45 have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to handle stolen goods. They are currently in police custody.

Of 70 bikes known to have been stolen, the owners of 28 of them have still not been found.

You can see pictures of these bikes here. If you recognise one contact Acting Detective Sergeant Russell Saunders on 101.

“Around 2,000 bikes are reported stolen every year in Bristol and we know there’s a lot of concern among cyclists about the extent of the problem.

“Hopefully, today’s operation will provide some reassurance about the work we’re doing to target key people driving the problem.

“Although many are organised criminals, their lives are made far too easy by the availability of often high-value but poorly secured bikes.

“We really need cyclists, retailers and employers to do more to help reduce their supply.”

– Acting DI Mark Langdon

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Swindon man sent to secure hospital for killing his parents

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

A paranoid schizophrenic who "brutally" killed his elderly parents has been sentenced to life in a secure hospital.

51-year-old Timothy Crook is believed to have attacked his parents Robert Crook, 83, and Elsie Crook, 76, in the bedroom of their home in Swindon in 2007, strangling them with a belt and bludgeoning them with a hammer.

After the killings Crook put his parents' bodies in the back of their car, drove them 150 miles to a house he owned in Lincoln, and dumped them under wheelie bins.

He was convicted of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility by a jury at Bristol Crown Court earlier this month.

Today a judge sentenced the former Ministry of Defence employee to a minimum life term of 16 years. The eight years he has already served in custody count towards this time.

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.

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