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Avon and Somerset and Gloucestershire police forces 'require improvement'

Two of the region's police forces have been told they require improvement by the organisation that inspects policing.

The results of the 'Policing Effectiveness, Efficiency and Legitimacy' reports have been released today. Credit: ITV West Country

The reports found that the Avon and Somerset and Gloucestershire forces were good at preventing crime but needed to improve the quality of their investigations.

They noted the Avon and Somerset constabulary is generally good at identifying vulnerability, but their assessment of risk for domestic abuse victims and missing people is not always evident.

Meanwhile, the Dorset and Wiltshire forces were both rated as good. The report concluded that the Dorset force’s approach to keeping people safe and reducing crime was ‘good’ as they 'maintain a visible presence in the local communities'.

One teenager dead, three injured as suspected drink driver hits pedestrians

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One teenager has been killed and another man is fighting for his life after a suspected drunk driver crashed into four people walking along a road in Nailsea, near Bristol, this morning.

It happened just after 5am on Clevedon Road near to the fire station.

The white Volvo was taken away for analysis Credit: ITV News

Sgt Tim Knight, Avon and Somerset Police:


Appeal after young man's body pulled from river

The scene on Welsh Back where the man's body was pulled from the river Credit: ITV News

Police are appealing for information into how a man who died in the River Avon came to be in the water.

The body has not yet been formally identified, but police say it is a man in his 20s.

Police say they want to hear from anyone who was near the Welsh Back by the Aqua restaurant late on the night of Friday 5 February who saw the man enter the water.

This is a tragic incident which has resulted in a young man’s death.

– Inspector Shaun Finn, Avon and Somerset Police

He added that although trips and falls do happen, people are "strongly advised" not to deliberately go into the water.

What might seem like a harmless dip can go horribly wrong very quickly.”

– Inspector Shaun Finn, Avon and Somerset Police

"The water at this time of year can be icy cold and can be very dangerous to even the young and fit."

“The cold water can really shock the body in a matter of seconds making it extremely difficult to swim or stay afloat."

Appeal to find missing man, Bristol

Police are asking for help to find a 34-year-old man who has gone missing in Bristol.

They say they're concerned for the welfare of Amran Hussain, as he may be in a distressed state.

Police believe he may be in the Fishponds or Downend areas of the city.

Call 999 if you see Amran Hussain Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

Anyone who sees Amran is asked to call 999 immediately quoting reference 5216026408.

Anyone who has information about his whereabouts is asked to call 101 quoting the same reference number.


Man jailed for unprovoked knife attacks on strangers

A 31-year-old man has been jailed for 20 years after being convicted of attempted murder and two counts of wounding with intent after a violent attack on three strangers in Yeovil in June last year.

Lee Jeffries-Jones from Yeovil will spend a total of 27 years behind bars.

Lee Jeffries-Jones, of Yeovil has been jailed for 20 years. Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

In two separate incidents, Jeffries-Jones attacked a teenage girl and a 29-year-old woman with a knife, inflicting significant injuries.

The teenager was stabbed by the criminal in her back and the 29-year-old mother suffered a stab wound in her arm. Jeffries-Jones then approached a man who was putting his child into a car seat, and attacked him, but the knife broke.

Jeffries-Jones will serve a minimum of 10 years before being considered for parole.

Jail term for distraction burglar who posed as water company official

A distraction burglar who posed as a water board official to dupe an 88-year-old woman out of money has been jailed for three years and eight months.

Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Richard McCarthy was sentenced at Bristol Crown Court after being convicted of burglary, driving while disqualified and using a motor vehicle without insurance.

On Saturday 24 October 2015, McCarthy called at the victim’s house in Bristol and told her he needed to check her water supply due to problems in the neighbourhood.

He made the victim wait in the kitchen before searching the house for valuables - he then left the house, taking a quantity of money.

The court heard how the victim felt like she’d been “kicked in the stomach” and the crime had “knocked her confidence”.

Duping an elderly woman in order to steal a small amount of cash is a despicable crime.

McCarthy took advantage of the victim’s vulnerability and this crime has left her feeling upset and fearful."

– Det Con Garry Thatcher, Investigating officer

'If you're not sure, don't open the door'

Police have issued guidelines for people if they are unsure about someone cold-calling at their home.

“We’d encourage people to be cautious of people cold-calling at their homes, and if you have an elderly or vulnerable relative, friend, or neighbour then please help them to follow our crime prevention guidance."

Our advice is, if you're not sure, don't open the door. Be on your guard if you have an unexpected caller. Use your door chain. Genuine council or utility staff will offer identification and will be happy for you to check it before you let them in"

– Avon & Somerset Police

If you’re in any doubt about a visitor, ring police straight away on 101.

If you feel threatened, call 999.

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