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Search for burglar who absconded from prison

Gary Cooper who has absconded from Leyhill Prison Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Police are appealing for help to trace a man who has absconded from HMP Leyhill in South Gloucestershire.

Gary Cooper was found to be missing at the midday roll call on Monday 22 September.

Avon and Somerset Police have made enquiries with Devon and Cornwall Police as his previous addresses include Newquay, Truro and St Austell.

Cooper had been convicted of burglary at Truro Crown Court and jailed for four years. He was transferred to the open prison in June 2014 ahead of his planned release in February 2015.

The 53-year-old is described as white, about 5ft 11ins tall, with grey hair and blue eyes. He has a scar on his forehead and tattoos on his arms of a dagger and a rose, a dagger and a snake, and a mermaid.

Weston College to run a new Free school in Bristol

Dr Paul Phillips OBE, Weston College Principal and Chief Executive, Credit: Weston College

A new Free School for Bristol, backed by Weston College has been given the go-ahead by the government.

The Bristol Futures Academy will be part of the multi-academy trust created and sponsored by the College. It will aim to give new opportunities to pupils who have found the education system challenging and will hope to motivate them and raise their ambitions.

In the first phase, 25 pupils aged between 14 and 16 will attend BFA. This is expected to rise to 100 pupils as the provision develops. At the moment a site for the BFA has not been identified, but College managers will now begin the process of looking for a suitable building in Bristol.

"This is excellent news, both for the College and the Bristol pupils we will now be able to support. We believe that all young people are entitled to an inspiring and engaging education which will enable them to aspire to and achieve meaningful and productive futures, both in terms of careers and in personal independence and an ability to make a positive contribution to society."

– Dr Paul Phillips, Weston College Principal and Chief Executive,


Union J to switch on the Christmas Lights at The Mall

Union J will be switching on the Xmas lights at Cribbs Causeway Credit: The Mall

X Factor boyband Union J are to switch on the Christmas lights at The Mall at Cribbs Causeway this year.

The band, which includes Clevedon's George Shelley, will be performing in the Mall's Christmas Charity Concert on Thursday 13th November in aid of The Grand Appeal, which supports patients and families at Bristol Children’s Hospital.

Previous stars who have switched on the lights include JLS, The Saturdays and Olly Murs.


Gloucestershire roundabout is best in the country

The Stonehills roundabout is the best in the country Credit: ITV News West Country

A roundabout in Gloucestershire has been named the best in the country. Topped by a 12 foot statue of a knight on horseback, the Stonehills roundabout on the A38 won the favour of judges from the Roundabout Appreciation Society. First prize for winning the contest is a place on the front cover of the society's 2015 calendar.

The Stonehills knight keeps watch on the A38 Credit: ITV News West Country

Two bailed in Bristol pensioner murder probe

Two people arrested in connection with the murder of a pensioner four years ago have been released on bail.

Barry Rubery, 68, was found with fatal head wounds in the conservatory of his home in Iron Acton on the morning of April 29 2010 by a friend.

Two men arrested in connection with the death of pensioner Barry Rubery have been bailed. Credit: PA Wire

The retired farm worker's ankles and wrists had been bound together with cables.

The pair, aged 30 and 19, were detained at addresses in Bristol and Peterborough yesterday.

Avon and Somerset Police said they have now been released on police bail, pending further inquiries.

Glastonbury tickets snapped up in record time

Fans enjoy Dolly Parton's performance at this year's Glastonbury Credit: Yui Mok/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The first batch of tickets for Glastonbury 2015 has sold out in just 14 minutes.

A total of 15,000 coach and admission packages for next year's festival were snapped up in less than a quarter of an hour.

Emily Eavis, who organises the mammoth event with her father Michael, said on Twitter: "Wow, all 15,000 coach + ticket packages went in 14 minutes! That's amazing."

Standard weekend tickets will go on sale on Sunday morning, with tens of thousands expected to attempt to secure their place at the Somerset festival.

The line-up will not be announced by organisers until spring next year.

Glastonbury 2015 will run from June 24 to June 28.

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