Six women from Bristol have been found guilty of masterminding a 'pyramid' scheme, convincing thousands of people to invest money.
Nine women from Bristol have been found guilty of masterminding a 'pyramid' scheme, convincing thousands of people to invest money.
The 'Give and Take' scheme stretched from Bath and Bristol to Gloucester, Bridgwater, Cheltenham, Torquay, Weston-super-Mare and Wales. The six women encouraged 10,000 vulnerable women to find £3,000 to put into the scheme between 2008 and 2009. Investigators say more than £20 million was invested.
Three women were sentenced to nine months in prison. A further three received suspended sentences. Three more women will be sentenced in October.
A scroll of tributes to Sam Amin has been laid out in St Michael's Church in Twerton, Bath.
Over 3,000 people have signed a petition calling for Bath and North East Somerset Council to put in safety measures along the River Avon in Bath, after three deaths this year.
A weight loss surgeon from Bristol is calling for a ban coffee shops and vending machines from selling sugary drinks and unhealthy food in hospitals.
Sally Norton works at the Bristol Royal Infirmary and Southmead Hospital. She says hospitals should promote more nutritious foods to make it easier for patients to make healthier choices.
A businessman is refusing to pay his council tax until potholes outside his guesthouse are repaired. Andrew Hinaman says that the holes - on the road near Elmstone Hardwicke in Gloucestershire - are a danger to motorists.
The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport will be in Taunton later to back plans for a new £800,000 watersports centre in the heart of the town. Sajid Javid will visit the proposed site and meet members of the Taunton Rowing and Canoe clubs who will benefit from the new centre.
The Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway will receive a national award today because it's an example of exceptional British engineering.
Completed in 1890, the railway is the oldest water-powered funicular railway in the UK.
The award is being presented by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
The Affordable Art Fair starts at Temple Meads in Bristol today. It will have a display of contemporary art on sale at affordable prices from between £40 and £4000. The fair runs until Sunday and gets underway with a charity event tonight.
The body that runs NHS mental health services in Avon and Wiltshire has been told it must improve in thirty-two different areas, including patient safety.
It follows a planned inspection by the regulator, the CQC, which highlighted staff shortages at Fromeside, unsuitable premises at Blackberry Hill, both in Bristol, and poor layout at Hillview Lodge in Bath.
The trust insists improvements are being made.
Iain Tulley is from Avon and Wilts Mental Health Trust: