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Injured deer rescued by police nursed back to help

A badly injured young deer who was rescued from the side of the road by police has been nursed back to health.

Avon and Somerset officers scooped up the deer and took it to Secret World Wildlife Rescue after being alerted to the animal - which appeared to be badly injured and in a distressed state - by members of the public.

It has now been nursed back to health by staff at the centre and released back into the wild.

It is believed the young male roe deer might have been in shock after being struck by a vehicle.

When we arrived at the scene, the animal seemed shaken and distressed. We were delighted to see that he wasn’t as badly hurt as we had first feared. We wanted to ensure that he was well looked after so our Control Room contacted Secret World. I’m pleased to hear that he has since made a full recovery and has been safely returned to the wild where he belongs.

– PC Rob Browne

Chief Constable's misconduct hearing adjourned

Nick Gargan denies any wrongdoing Credit: PA

A misconduct hearing into allegations made against the Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset police has been adjourned.

Nick Gargan was accused of leaking internal emails and behaving inappropriately towards female members of staff nearly a year ago. He's been suspended on full pay ever since.

A preliminary hearing is due to be held next Friday. Mr Gargan denies the claims.


Police warning over theft of hazardous metal in Yeovil

Cadmium anode balls were stolen in the theft Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Police are warning that metal stolen from a factory in Yeovil could pose a health risk to the public. They say a large quantity of cadmium was taken from South West Metal Finishing in Limber Road on Monday night.

The cadmium anode balls were removed from chemical trays. Anyone who comes into contact with them is advised not to touch them and should seek medical attention should they have done so.

One of the suspects captured on CCTV Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Cadmium is carcinogenic. Low-level exposure can result in flu-like symptoms, but more extensive contact can cause lung and kidney disease. Detectives are hunting two suspects who were captured on CCTV around the time of the theft.

Prolific sex offender jailed for historic offences

David Mace, 59, from Bristol, admitted a series of serious sexual offences against multiple victims between 1996 – 2013 at Bristol Crown Court today.

Offences include rape, sexual activity with a child, sexual assault, voyeurism and indecent assault.

Mace’s friend, Kenneth Gavens, 62, has also admitted sexual activity with a child and the possession of extreme pornographic image.

Mace has been jailed for 17 years and Gavens has been jailed for 29 months.

It is testament to the victims in this case who have bravely relived some of their most painful memories that we have been able to bring these men to justice today. They’re continuing to receive all the support and help they need.

There is no escaping the fact that these were appalling and abhorrent crimes committed against vulnerable women and children.

A number of these offences were carried out under the guise of Pagan initiations and rituals – preying on the victim’s vulnerability.

Some of the victims were unconscious during these sustained attacks.

These offenders took advantage of vulnerable young girls and exploited them for their own sexual gratification.

In addition to the attacks themselves, Mace filmed a number of the incidents – adding further anguish for the victims.

We are determined to work with our partner agencies to make sure we are consistently tackling sexual abuse in all its forms. We’re committed to ensuring all our officers and staff are able to spot the tell-tale signs of exploitation and abuse to safeguard children across the Force area. I would urge anyone who has any suspicions about children or young people being exploited to please tell us. Every piece of information is important and we all have a role to play in keeping our children and young people safe from harm.

– Detective Inspector Larisa Hunt, Avon and Somerset Police

Have you seen missing 13-year-old Amy Miles?

13-year-old Amy Miles Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

A 13-year-old girl missing from Devon may be in Somerset.

Amy Miles was last seen at a property there on Monday night, and was reported missing to Avon and Somerset Police yesterday evening.

They believe she may be in the Street, Glastonbury or Wells area, and are growing very concerned for her welfare.

She was last seen wearing black jeans, a waist length hoody, blue/grey jacket and a Bob Marley t-shirt.

Cannabis factory found in Bath

Cannabis factory found in Twerton Credit: Avon and Somerset police

Cannabis plants worth around £100,000 have been seized at a house in Twerton, Bath.

Police searched the house after a tip off from a member of the public.

Two bedrooms were converted into growing rooms and the attic into a nursery, with lights, heaters and fans.

The house’s electricity supply had been bypassed.

Bath officers found more than 230 plants and man was arrested.

In the space of less than a month we have taken nearly half a million pounds’ worth of cannabis off the streets.

This is not a back-street dealer peddling in a few pounds of cannabis.

This is serious, organised crime and I’m very eager for members of the public to report any of their suspicions to me.

– PC Adrian Secker, Twerton beat manager


Driver dies in crash near Bridgwater

Crash near Bridgwater Credit: ITV Westcountry

Police are investigating after a driver died in car crash near Bridgwater earlier today.

It happened near the Dunball roundabout just after 2pm this afternoon

A car collided with a tree at the junction between the A38 and A39. As a result, the driver died at the scene.

Anyone who saw the collision and has not yet spoken to the police, please contact the Collision Investigation Unit on 101.

Avon & Somerset Police respond to reports of missing sex offenders

Avon & Somerset Police along with partner agencies, including the National Probation Service, manage and supervise 1240 registered sex offenders across our Force area.

We use an excellent process for sharing information about offenders which all agencies are committed to. Six offenders are currently wanted by Avon & Somerset Police for failing to notify us of a change of address; we believe they are abroad and steps have been taken to locate them.

We take managing our offenders very seriously. We have already rolled out IRiS in Bristol which is a team of professionals from different agencies who assist offenders who are at a high risk of causing serious harm to the public or their previous victims. We are currently working with partners to share this good practice throughout our Force area.

When an offender is missing, they become a wanted person. Routine and regular enquiries are made; previous addresses, known contacts and aliases are checked. Contingency plans are in place to notify and protect previous and potential victims. This information is also shared between partnership agencies.

– Carolyn Belafonte, Superintendent in charge of Offender Management, Intelligence and Safe Guarding

CCTV released in connection with Bridgwater assault

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Police have released CCTV footage of men they believe could be responsible for the Brigdwater assault.

The attack took place on 21 January. The man involved, wore a balaclava-type mask over his face, and broke in through a unsecured door at around 7.50am.

He proceeded to tie up his victims and threaten them with a knife. A sexual assault also took place.

We’ve identified two pieces of CCTV footage taken from cameras in Bridgwater on Tuesday 20 January – the day before the incident. Although the men in the footage look similar and are wearing similar clothing, we can’t conclusively say they are the same person so we could be looking to speak to two men.

– Andy Williams, Senior Investigating Officer
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