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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.


Prominent Muslim community leader due in court for rape

A former government adviser and prominent Muslim community leader from Bristol is due to appear in court later.

Farooq Siddique has been charged with a number of rapes and assaults. The 46-year-old was regional manager of a nationwide programme to tackle radicalisation and extremism and was also a Muslim university chaplain and a Sunday school teacher.

Gargan to do 'national work' while misconduct process carried out

Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens today outlined the procedure to be followed in the Chief Constable’s misconduct proceedings.

The misconduct process is not yet complete. I’m waiting for the misconduct panel’s report, when I receive that I will hold a further hearing with the Chief Constable to determine his sanction.

I have read the open letters from the staff associations and I am listening to the views of residents. The whole procedure for police misconduct is strictly regulated. Like all judicial processes when proceedings are not complete it is not possible to discuss or comment upon them until they have been finalised.

In the meantime Chief Constable Nick Gargan will not be returning to work in Avon and Somerset. However he will be carrying out some national work with the National Police Chiefs Council.

– Sue Mountstevens
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