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Mall expansion plans on show

Plans are going on show at the Mall at Cribbs Causeway for its first major expansion since it opened in 1998. Credit: ITV News West Country

Plans are going on show at the Mall at Cribbs Causeway for its first major expansion since it opened in 1998.

The owners want to create new shops, leisure facilities, restaurants and more than 8,000 new homes.

It will also include a new square for concerts and outdoor events.

They say it will bring in thousands of new jobs.

Petition to save Bristol woman facing deportation

Mae Draper married Kevin in Bristol 19 years ago. Credit: ITV News West Country

More than a thousand people have signed a petition to stop a Bristol family being split apart by the Home Office.

Mae Draper, who's from the Philippines, is facing deportation. She's here on a visitor's visa, despite having married Kevin in Bristol 19 years ago and their teenage daughter being born in Bath.


Appeal to help find missing Bristol teenager

Manh Duc Nong Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Police are appealing for help to find a vulnerable missing teenager from Bristol.

Manh Duc Nong, who is thought to be 15, went missing in the Marksbury Road area of Bedminster at about 9.30am this morning.

He is described as Vietnamese, about 5ft 5ins tall with short black hair.

Manh speaks very little English and may appear confused or shy. He is not thought to have any money with him.

Police think he may try to use a train or bus. They are also asking people to check sheds and garages as Manh may seek shelter overnight.

If you see Manh, please contact Broadbury Road police station on 101.

The President of Singapore at Bristol's M Shed

The President of Singapore has been to visit Bristol's M Shed today.

The trip is part of a state visit to the UK by Tony Tan and his wife. They were welcomed to the city by the mayor, George Ferguson, and then were shown around the museum.

President Tony Tan and his wife enjoy the museum's exhibits

Pleas to change accident blackspot 'will not fall on deaf ears'

The Air Balloon roundabout on the A417 is a notorious accident black spot Credit: ITV News West Country

A government minister says pleas to improve an accident blackspot in Gloucestershire "will not fall on deaf ears."

Eight people have been killed at the Air Balloon roundabout on the A417 in the past year, the most recent just a fortnight ago.

Roads Minister, John Hayes today hinted in the Commons that a £250 million plan to improve the junction was being considered.

Cowboy builder jailed for 5 years

The builder who defrauded families in Bristol out of more than a million pounds has been sentenced to five years in prison.

45 year old Mark Jenkins used a number of aliases to target customers in Bristol, North Somerset and South Wales over more than two years.

45 year old 'cowboy builder' Mark Jenkins has been jailed for 5 years. Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Jenkins overcharged his victims and demanded large sums upfront as deposits and regularly failed to complete work.

Jenkins previously served a prison sentence for an earlier rogue builder fraud and was declared bankrupt - but changed his name to avoid notoriety.

Mark Jenkins built this extension for one Bristol couple Credit: ITV

We were extremely pleased to get a successful conviction following a nine month investigation in which we worked alongside Wales Scambusters and South West Scambusters to build a successful case against a man who has caused tremendous distress and disappointment to his many victims.

Today’s jail sentence reflects the seriousness of the crime.

The victims had their dreams and expectations of seeing their homes improved dashed, by the callous actions of a ruthless fraudster, who has been found out.

This was a highly successful example of team work at its best by those involved against a rogue trader.

– DS Adam Smith of Bristol CID


Liz Hurley opens care facility for disabled in Swindon

Model Liz Hurley opens respite care for children with disabilities Credit: ITV West Country

The model Liz Hurley has opened a new respite care centre at the Brunel shopping mall in Swindon.

It will help look after children and adults with disabilities while their carers do their shopping. It's the first facility of its kind in the country.

The Hop, Skip and Jump facility in Swindon is the first of its kind in the UK Credit: ITV West Country

Ms Hurley is the patron of the charity "Hop Skip and Jump", which is behind the scheme.

Speed cameras to be switched back on in Bristol

Four cameras are confirmed as going back into action Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA

Four Bristol speed cameras are to be switched back on for the first time in three years.

Fixed speed and red light cameras across the Avon and Somerset region were switched off in 2011 when the Government stopped funding safety camera partnerships. But now, after a period of repairs and replacements, four are going back into action at the following sites:

  • A4018 Westbury Road, north off Brecon Road;
  • A4174 junction of Airport Road and Creswicke Road;
  • A4174 junction of Hartcliffe Way and Novers Lane;
  • B3122 St John’s Lane west of Littleton Road.

There are 52 static cameras across the region that could eventually be reactivated, but the council have not yet confirmed any dates.

We are taking a staged approach to the switch on of cameras which will not mean that all sites are switched on at the same time.

We do not have a date for switching on the cameras at these sites as we are still working with partners and suppliers to ensure all necessary procedures and permissions are in place.

– Bristol City Council

People caught speeding face a £60 fine and three penalty points on their licence. Excessive speeding can lead to a court case, more points, or even a driving ban.

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