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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.

Anti-badger-cull charity awards money to vaccinating volunteers

The Dorset Badger Vaccination Project is free to farmers. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Badgers will continue to be vaccinated against TB in Dorset, after volunteers were given a grant by a wildlife charity to carry on.

The Dorset Badger Vaccination Project offers a free service to farmers and landowners. Last year they vaccinated more than 80 badgers across the county. The volunteers say they would not be able to continue their work after 2015 without the money from the International Fund For Animal Welfare.

The IFAW is "strongly opposed" to the government's badger cull, and sees vaccination as a humane alternative.

The volunteers say a growing number of farmers are approaching them about their services.


2,000 year old paw print found in Gloucester

These paw prints were made by a Roman cat prowling through Gloucester Credit: Gloucester City Council

The paw print of a cat has been found on a roof tile dating back to Roman times.

A pile of roof tiles was dug up in Berkeley Street in Gloucester in 1969 but the discovery was only made by an archaeologist in June.

The cat is thought to have snuck across the wet clay tiles in Gloucester in about AD 100. The tile in question, a tegula, was used on the roof of a building in what became the Berkeley Street area of modern Gloucester.

What a fascinating discovery. Dog paw prints, people’s boot prints and even a piglet’s trotter print have all been found on tiles from Roman Gloucester, but cat prints are very rare.

– Cllr Lise Noakes, cabinet member for culture and leisure at Gloucester City Council

The discovery is on display at The City Museum and Art Gallery.


Man arrested after death of a woman in Bristol

Police in Bristol have arrested a man following the death of a woman at a property in Morley Street, Barton Hill on Sunday (26/07).

A 21-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder. Detectives are continuing to investigate the incident, which is being treated as domestic-related.

Specially trained officers are supporting the woman’s family.

The local neighbourhood policing team are patrolling the area, providing reassurance and talking to people in the community.

Prominent Muslim says charges are "nonsense"

Farooq Siddique stopped to talk to ITV News outside court Credit: ITV News

A former government adviser and prominent Muslim community leader has appeared at Bristol Magistrates Court charged with a number of rapes, assaults and threats to kill.

Farooq Siddique, who has previously advised the government on tackling extremism, has been charged with three counts of raping a woman in Bristol between 2009 and 2014.

He is also charged with assaulting the same woman in Cheltenham in December 2010 as well as making threats to kill.

Siddique is accused of assaulting the same woman in Gloucester between 2013 and 2015.

He told ITV News he looked forward to proving himself innocent in court:

The 46-year-old from Bristol was released on bail and will appear at Bristol Crown Court on 18 August.

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