The annual Christmas crack down on drink and drug drivers by Avon and Somerset Police has begun.
People are being urged to contact officers if they see someone who is drunk getting behind the wheel.
Police say they should ring 999 or text the word 'drunk' with brief details of the car, location and driver to 81819.
Operation Tonic, is due to run until 1st January 2017.
Last December, 155 people were arrested and 96 were charged.
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Police are asking for the public's help to find a man who's gone missing from Weston-super-Mare.
Ryan Saunders, who's 31, was last seen in the Uphill area at around 12pm today (25 October).
We’re concerned for his welfare and are asking for anyone who has seen him or knows where he is to contact us immediately.
- slim build
- short black hair
- several tattoos
- last seen wearing a grey t-shirt which had writing on it, blue jeans and grey trainers
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An undercover police operation has revealed retailers in Somerset are continuing to sell knives illegally to teenagers.
Spot-checks were carried out over the weekend by police cadets at 13 different retailers, including outdoor and army supply shops, in the Avon and Somerset force area.
Six shops passed the test and refused to sell a knife to the undercover cadet. However, seven of the shops tested failed, and sold a knife to a person under 18.
Afterwards a uniformed police officer went in and spoke to the retailers, issuing them with an advice pack which clearly outlines the law.
All were receptive to the advice and many did not realise what the law was surrounding the sale of knives.
The operation coincides with a week long national initiative starting today to tackle knife crime.
In 2014 – 15 Avon and Somerset saw a 14 per cent increase in knife crime, which is higher than the national average of nine per cent.
Worryingly, 19% of people found carrying knives or involved in knife crime, are aged 17 and under, and 23 per cent are aged 18-24.
We need to understand why young people are carrying knives and work to dispel the myth that knives are somehow cool.
During the week of action, officers will carry out extra, targeted patrols and use their stop and search powers.
Knife amnesty bins will also be placed in the front offices of police stations and buildings.
Police are asking for the public to help locate wanted Southmead man Thomas Jeffery.
The 28-year-old, who has a conviction for robbery, is wanted on recall to prison after his licence was revoked.
He’s described as white, 5ft 9ins, with short, cropped mousey brown hair. He is believed to have connections to North Bristol including Lawrence Weston.