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Wiltshire Police recruitment drive closes at 10am

If you want to be a police officer you have until 10am this morning to get your application in to the Wiltshire force.

The recruitment drive is the second in as many years in the county. Last year it was so popular the application site had to be closed early.

Wiltshire Police are expecting a large number of applications. Credit: PA


£2 billion to be pledged on Monday for West's roads

Two billion pounds' worth of new road schemes for the region are due to be announced on Monday, ITV News West Country understands. These are likely to include a tunnel at Stonehenge and making the A358 into dual carriageway - something Yeovil MP David Laws has been campaigning for.

David Laws MP. Credit: PA

"It's totally unacceptable that we've got a road that is so congested for large parts of the year. That's very inconvenient for people in my constituency who travel around parts of Somerset, it's certainly very inconvenient for people who want to travel across the region. It's absurd that when we're investing so much in other parts of the country that the South West has had to wait for so long."

– David Laws MP, Lib Dem, Yeovil

Funeral today for brother and sister killed in crash

The funeral of a brother and sister killed in a car accident in Stroud takes place today.

Jinny-Mae Cook, who was 18, and her brother Bobby Roberts who was 28 died when their car collided with another vehicle on the Ebley bypass almost two weeks ago.

Their mother was almost killed 4 years ago when she was involved in a hit and run accident, and dragged 100 feet under the wheels of a car. She says she's is overwhelmed by all the support she's received.

Jinny-Mae Cook, 18. Credit: ITV News

"The love for me, the love for my children, everyone's love has and is bringing me through this. What kind of day do you want this to be? Oh it is going to be a happy event, there's not going to be sadness, it's going to be happy."

– Julie Bloodworth, mother

7 men to be sentenced for child sex exploitation

Clockwise: Mohamed Jumale, Omar Jumale, Said Zakaria, Mohamed Dahir, Abdirashid Abdulahi, Jusef Abdirizak, Sakariah Sheikh Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Seven men are due to be sentenced later after they were convicted of child exploitation charges against four teenage girls in Bristol.

The men, who are all of Somali descent, were found guilty of charges including rape and inciting child prostitution. It follows the largest ever investigation into child sexual exploitation in Bristol.


Who to call if you've been affected by sex exploitation

If you have been affected by the child exploitation issued raised in these trials, the following charities are on hand to offer help and support.

Follow the blue links to their websites:

  • Action for Children - works directly with over 300,000 children, young people, parents and carers in the UK, tackling issues like abuse and child neglect

  • Barnardo's - the UK's largest children's charity, with a strong focus on preventing domestic violence

  • Kids Company - a Bristol-based charity helping the city's marginalised children and young people with all aspects of their lives

  • Lucy Faithfull Foundation - the only UK-wide child protection charity dedicated solely to reducing the risk of children being sexually abused

  • NAPAC - the National Association for People Abused in Childhood, set up as a result of a key recommendation by the National Commission of Inquiry into the Prevention of Child Abuse. The Association runs a support line for adults who have suffered any type of abuse in childhood

  • NSPCC - the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children is a leading UK charity which aims to end all forms of child abuse

  • Refuge - an anti-domestic violence charity for women and children, which operates a 24-hour helpline

Bristol City reveals Ashton Gate's new look

The new West Stand at Ashton Gate Credit: Bristol Sport

Bristol City has unveiled artists impressions of how the redeveloped Ashton Gate stadium will look.

Earlier this month they revealed the project is on schedule and should be ready in time for next season.

More images will be on display at a supporter consultation meeting at the stadium next Thursday 4 December.

The new South Stand at Ashton Gate Credit: Bristol Sport

Somali community on child exploitation convictions

The Somali community has issued a statement following the conviction of 13 Somali men for child sexual exploitation offences

The community is deeply shocked and shaken by the outcome of this case. They are unforgivable acts of cruelty against the most vulnerable members of our community. Our deepest sympathies go out to the victims and their families whomust be experiencing extreme trauma and pain.

The Muslim communities in Bristol would like to make it absolutely clear we wholeheartedly condemn these dreadful evil acts. It is right and appropriate that those responsible, and found guilty through our judiciary process, are punished to the fullest extent of the law, regardless of who they are.

The grooming of children, and child abuse are crimes, which impact on all sections of our society, irrespective of class, colour, faith or race. It is therefore everyone’s duty to ensure we protect the most vulnerable members of our community and work with the appropriate authorities to identify anyone at risk of falling victim to these appalling crimes.

– Bristol Somali Forum
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