PCC celebrates it's first anniversary

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Bristol pensioner battered by intruder

Jean Taylor suffered head wounds after being assaulted in Totterdown Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

A pensioner in Bristol has been left with shocking injuries after being battered in her home by an intruder.

Jean Taylor suffered head wounds after being assaulted in Totterdown.

The 76-year-old, who uses a walking stick to get around, was at her home in the Green Street area at around 2pm on January 28 when the doorbell rang.

She answered the door and a man started a conversation with her, which lasted several minutes.

As she went back inside her house, the man followed her in and assaulted her, leaving her with cuts and bruises to her head.

He stole cash and left the house.

The intruder is described as white, in his late 30s or early 40s and of medium build.

Police horses sent to Somerset Levels

Police horses have been sent to the Somerset Levels Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Avon & Somerset Police are sending police horses to the Somerset Levels to help and reassure residents affected by the floods.

It follows the theft of hundreds of gallons of heating oil from a farm at Moorland.

It has also been arranged that officers will make regular patrols day and night to provide extra reassurance for residents.


150 jobs to go from police force as part of £8m cuts

Nearly 150 police jobs are to go as part of £8 million cuts announced by the Avon & Somerset force. It follows the biggest ever review of how the service operates. Police stations are also under threat.

But Chief Constable Nick Gargan has told our reporter Richard Payne that by reallocating resources and using better technology, there will actually be more bobbies on the beat.

Man who died in river named as Christopher Taylor

Christopher's body was found in the River Avon on Thursday. Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

Police have named a young man who died in the River Avon in Bath as Christopher Taylor.

The 21 year old was a chemistry student at the University of Bath. His body was found on Thursday after cries for help had been heard early that morning.


Large-scale search underway

Emergency services have been scrambled to the River Avon in Bath after a man was heard calling for help in the water early this morning.

Police officers were able to speak with him when they first arrived but were unable to get him out.

Emergency services plus Avon and Somerset Search and Rescue volunteers are at the scene, at Pines Way in the Green Park area of the city.

An RAF Search and Rescue helicopter was also used but the crew were unable to locate him.

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