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Report drink drivers by text

Gloucestershire Police are asking people to report drink drivers through a new text only number.

This Christmas we’re calling on the community to help us in our fight against drink driving. If you suspect someone has been drinking and getting behind the wheel – then please text us on 07860 009095. Tell us where the car is, its number plate and, if possible, it’s direction of travel and we will do the rest

– Jason Keates, Inspector of the Roads Policing Unit


BAE donate £2.4m towards Aerospace Centre

BAE Systems will give £2.4 million towards creating a new Bristol Aerospace Centre at Filton Airfield.

Two World War One hangers will be converted into an aviation museum to ensure the long-term conservation and display of Concorde, which took its first flight from Filton.

The Bristol Aerospace Centre will bring together Bristol’s important aviation heritage, which is currently in various collections, many inaccessible to the public. Of the British-built Concordes, only one is now located at its birthplace on Filton Airfield and it’s an exciting prospect that the museum will be able to provide a permanent home for Concorde.

– Lloyd Burnell, Project Director of the Bristol Aero Collection Trust

Latest West weather

Watch the latest weather forecast for the region here:

It's been mild today with some sun at times. More sunshine expected tomorrow but we will start to feel a wind chill factor kick in. We'll suffer from it for the rest of the week with days flipping from sunshine to rain and back again.

'Vulnerable' man missing in Bristol

Stephen Cooper Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

Police are looking for a man they say is vulnerable who went missing from a residential home in Fishpond in Bristol.

Stephen Cooper left his care home at 5:30am yesterday morning. He suffers from Huntingdon's disease which police say can make him appear as if he's drunk.

Anyone with information should call 101 or contact Trinity Road Police Station.

Procession for boy killed by polar bear

A christmas torchlight parade has been held through a memorial garden which was created to remember a young man who was attacked by a polar bear. The three hundred thousand pound garden at the spinal unit at Salisbury District Hospital opened in September.

Horatio Chapple who was 17 and from Bishopstone in Wiltshire died during an expedition in Norway. Horation had been helping out in the spinal unit. His father David is a consultant there.


£20,000 christmas lights switched on in Wells

The christmas display features video, music and 60,000 lights Credit: ITV West

A man from Wells in Somerset has spent more than £20,000 on a huge christmas lights display at his home.

Last night they were officially switched on by Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis. 37 year old Paul Toole puts on the light show every year. He's even gone as far as setting up a christmas radio station which visitors can tune into when entering his street.

Body found thought to be missing Gloucestershire girl

The body thought to be that of a missing girl from Gloucestershire has been found in a helicopter wreckage in New Zealand.

28 year old Hannah Timings went missing eight years ago. Police are now carrying out DNA tests to formally identify the two bodies found in the wreckage, after confirming the helicopter was one that went missing in a remote part of the country in 2004.

Help for Heroes collection box stolen

CCTV image Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

An investigation has been launched after a charity collection tin was stolen in Somerset.

Police have released a CCTV image of a man they would like to question.

The incident happened at 1pm on November 16, 2012 when a man walked into Rode Post Office and stole a Help for Heroes collection box. This man, or anyone who recognises him, should contact PC Steve Hubbard on 101.

Police search for man in "bookie rage"

CCTV image from Gloucester bookies Credit: Gloucestershire Police

CCTV images of a man police want to speak to in connection with criminal damage at a bookmakers in Gloucester have been released.

The photos are taken from the camera of a bookies in Stroud Road in the city on the evening of Wednesday October 10.

Between 9pm and 9.25pm a man who had lost money on the fruit machines was seen throwing a chair on the floor, walking out of the shop and hurling a can at the window, causing the glass to smash.

The offender is described as white, of slim build and bald. He was wearing a white top and jeans.

If you recognise the man captured on CCTV or have any information about this crime please call 101, quoting incident 417 of October 10.

Alternatively information can also be given anonymously on 0800 555 111, or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org. In some cases Crimestoppers offer rewards of up to £1000 where information leads to a conviction.

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