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Man injured after seagull attack in Bristol

There have been several reports of seagull attacks in our region in recent weeks. Credit: Craig Watson/PA

The growing problem of seagulls in our city centres has again been highlighted after a man was badly injured by a gull and ended up in hospital.

Allan Plaister was dive-bombed by the bird, who managed to knock him off his bike while he was cycling in the centre of Bristol. He's now on crutches, but says it could have been worse had he fallen into passing traffic.

Bristol City Council has set aside £200,000 to look at ways of tackling the problem the city's gull problem, and the Prime Minister has spoken about the issue, in the wake of several gull attacks on pets and people in recent weeks.

Bob Constantine has more.


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.

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