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England cricketer Ben Stokes was arrested and released without charge in Bristol

Stokes had been playing at Gloucestershire's Brightside Ground in Bristol. Credit: PA

The ECB says Ben Stokes was arrested after an incident in Bristol early Monday morning and released without charge.

Stokes played for England in Sunday's win over the West Indies, scoring 73 runs.

Avon and Somerset Police say they were called to a disorder in Queens Road, Clifton, at around 2.35am on Monday.

A 27-year-old man was found to have suffered facial injuries and was taken to the Bristol Royal Infirmary for treatment.

The ECB says all-rounder Stokes will not be available for tomorrow’s fourth one-day international against West Indies.

The governing body adds Stokes' team-mate Alex Hales will also miss tomorrow's match after he "returned voluntarily to Bristol today to help Police with their enquiries".

Ben Stokes and Alex Hales will not be available for tomorrow’s One-Day International match against West Indies at The Oval. Stokes was arrested in the early hours of Monday morning, 25 September, following an incident in Bristol. He was held overnight and released under investigation - without charge - late on Monday and will not join the team in London. Hales, who was with Stokes on Sunday night, did not train this morning and has returned voluntarily to Bristol today to help Police with their enquiries. You will understand that we cannot offer further detail at this stage but will provide any updates when we can.

– ECB Statement

Police looking for man who may assist with theft enquiries at the Min

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Police are looking for a man they say may be able to assist with enquiries over a theft at the Royal Mineral Hospital.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary have released a CCTV image of the man.

Officers say items were stolen from a patient at the hospital in Bath sometime between 1 September 2017 and 2 September 2017.

The man is described as a white male, of large build with short dark hair and he was wearing a short sleeve grey t-shirt.

Police are asking anyone who recognises the man to contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


Police concerned for welfare of man who left hospital

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Police are appealing for the public’s help to find a man whose welfare they're concerned about.

The man approached staff at the Bristol Royal Infirmary and told them he was called ‘George’.

He left the hospital at 6.25am on Saturday 23 September in the direction of St Michael’s Hill and police want to make sure he is safe and well.

He is believed to be in his early 20s, between 5ft 11ins and 6ft tall with short brown hair.

He's likely to be wearing the clothing in the CCTV image we’re releasing - jeans, a dark coloured t-shirt with large white graphic or picture on the front and a dark coloured hooded top.

Police seize illegal drugs in Bristol shop raid

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Police say more than 200 nitrous oxide canisters, a large amount of suspected khat and £8,000 in cash have been seized from a Bristol shop.

Police and Trading Standards visited the shop on Stapleton Road following more than 70 reports of anti-social behaviour and complaints about canisters left in the area during the past two months.

Officers also seized more than 3,500 illicit cigarettes, 1.25kg of hand rolling tobacco and 5.85kg of Shisha tobacco.

Councillor Fi Hance, Cabinet Member with responsibility for regulatory services, says illegal tobacco can damage people's health as well as local business.

They are not subject to the same controls as legal products so their impact on people's health can be even worse than ordinary tobacco. Some contain harmful additives, others pose an increased risk of fire as they do not comply with the fire reduction standards legitimate cigarettes must adhere to.

– Councillor Fi Hance

Four people arrested after flight diverted to Bristol Airport

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Police say four people have been arrested after a flight was diverted to Bristol Airport.

At around 11.30pm yesterday a flight from Barcelona to Liverpool was diverted to Bristol Airport due to an incident involving passengers.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary say two 29-year-old men, a 26-year-old woman and a 21-year-old man were arrested for offences linked to being drunk on board an aircraft.

Police are appealing for anyone on board who may have filmed the incident on their mobile phones to get in touch.


Police receive reports of man exposing himself to women at Somerset beauty spots

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Police are appealing for information following reports of a man exposing himself to women walking their dogs at several Somerset beauty spots.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary say three incidents have been reported so far this month and officers have been patrolling the area in response.

The first incident happened near the car park at Wellington Monument on the Blackdown Hills, between 3pm and 4pm on Wednesday 6 September, while the second was in the same car park, at about 5.10pm on the same day.

The most recent incident was at about 9am on Tuesday 12 September on the bridleway leading to the car park at Cothelstone Hill in the Quantocks.

Police say the description of the man in each case is: aged 40 to 50, of medium or stocky build, with longer-length brown hair. On one occasion he was said to be wearing black jogging bottoms, while another time he wore jeans, a checked shirt and a brown leather jacket.

Police say formal identification of M5 collision victims will not be completed this week

The collision happened between J15 and J14 in South Gloucestershire. Credit: ITV West Country

Police say formal identification of the victims of the M5 collision on Saturday will not be completed this week.

Four people died in the collision, which happened between J15 and 14 in South Gloucestershire.

One of the victims was named yesterday as 46-year-old Adrian Beaumont, from Bristol.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary say they are still examining the vehicles.

Three people remain in hospital and our thoughts are with them and their loved ones.

We’re still at the start of a lengthy and complex investigation to determine what happened.

We’ve had more than 50 witnesses come forward with information so it’ll take time to speak to all these people and take statements. We’d like to thank the public for their support and assistance.

The examination of the vehicles also continues and we’re working closely with experts who will assist us in determining what caused this tragic collision.

We’re keen to hear from any witnesses who have not already provided their details, in particular anyone who may have been travelling on the southbound carriageway who saw the white Mercedes box van immediately prior to the collision.

– Insp Frazer Davey, Avon and Somerset Constabulary

Avon and Somerset police appeal for information after rogue trader incident

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Police are appealing for information after a Bristol man in his 80s was persuaded to pay over the odds for having a single roof tile repaired.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary say the gentleman had just returned to his home in Whittucks Road, Hanham, on Saturday when he was approached by a man who said that a roof tile needed repair.

He was persuaded to have the work done there and then.

After about 20 minutes of work the man demanded immediate payment in cash.

The gentleman was shocked by the amount charged and the incident was reported to police the following day.

The man has been described as white, aged 25 to 30, and about 5ft 9ins tall. He was driving a white or silver van or estate car with two ladders on the roof.

We’ve visited this gentleman and given him some crime prevention advice and our Bobby Van carpenter has made some improvements to his home security.

– PC Andy Cox, Avon and Somerset Police
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