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Watching us watching you: police to get bodycams

Police radio, handcuffs and now body cameras will form part of officers' every day uniform Credit: ITV News

Police in Dorset and the Avon and Somerset forces are to wear body cameras as part of their uniform.

The technology is being piloted with plans to roll it out to all front-line officers. The footage will be able to be used as evidence.

Dorset Police says the technology is being introduced to make police more accountable. The cameras will be used to record the majority of incidents.

The Avon and Somerset force welcomes a system that will help keep officers safe.

It will be obvious to people that officers are wearing body cameras Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

I have seen body worn video help gather evidence effectively, especially at incidents such as domestic abuse. It can encourage people to be more open in interviews and plead guilty earlier.

It can also professionalise the work of the police through openness and transparency.

This represents a very significant step forward for the force.

– Chief Constable Andy Marsh, Avon and Somerset

Police need to find vulnerable missing man

Police are appealing for help to find a 32 year old man from Bristol who's described as 'vulnerable'.

Concern is growing for David Yates, who was last seen in the Wick Road area of Bristol on Friday 11th March shortly after 9am.

He is known to be depressed and has missed taking medication.

David is described as white, about 6ft 2ins tall and of slim build. He has blue eyes and short dark hair. He is thought to be unshaven.

He has a distinctive scar on the right hand side of his face from the corner of his mouth to his cheek and a two inch scar on his left forearm.

When he went missing he was wearing a black hooded top, dark grey jeans with a black jumper tied around his waist. He was also wearing black boots and carrying a black cloth bag.

He is thought to be in the Bristol area, particularly the City Road area of St Pauls.

Missing David Yates Credit: Avon & Somerset Police


'Human remains' found in Patchway

Police are examining the scene. Credit: ITV West Country

Police are investigating after what appear to be human remains were found by a member of the public.

They made the grim discovery in woodland near the junction of Merlin Road and Highwood Road in Patchway, near Cribbs Causeway, Bristol.

The scene was close to a disused runway where Concorde used to do test flights.

A thorough examination is now being carried out, and a cordon has been put in place.

The grim discovery was made in woodland near a disused runway. Credit: ITV West Country

Man jailed after 'savage and unprovoked' glass attack in a Bristol pub

Kimba Sokoni Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

A man has been jailed after glassing another man in the face in a Bristol pub - leaving him with permanent scarring.

36-year-old Kimba Sokoni, of no fixed address, was found guilty of causing GBH with intent - he was sentenced to eight years’ imprisonment as well as an extended four years on licence.

He attacked a 31-year-old man with a glass or bottle in a toilet in The Love Inn in Stokes Croft in the early hours of 12 September 2015.

The victim had been on a night out with friends when he became separated and went into The Love Inn to wait for them.

In an impact statement, the victim said the unprovoked incident had affected him “emotionally and physically” as he’d been left with permanent scarring.

I felt that if anyone looked at me I was grotesque; my face was so swollen and it took months for the swelling to go down.

– Victim

“I take consolation in the fact that the person responsible was identified and brought to justice. I hope that the person will not do this to anyone else and that they have learnt from their mistake.”

Investigating officer Det Con Hadley Rides said: “Kimba Sokoni launched a savage and unprovoked attack on the victim causing significant injuries.

“He tried to deny having anything to do with the assault, despite being forensically linked to the scene, but the jury saw through his lies and convicted him.

“He’s a dangerous man who used a weapon with little thought for the potential consequences.

“I’d like to thank the victim for supporting our investigation and for giving evidence in court and for all the witnesses who helped us secure justice in this case.”

Police want to trace key witnesses after serious sexual assault

If you have any information please contact the police Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Police are trying to trace two key witnesses after a woman was seriously sexually assaulted.

It happened in Mangotsfield in the early hours of Saturday 27 February. A woman in her forties was alone at the Shell Garage at the Bristol end of the M32 Northbound at around 1:30 am.

A taxi pulled over with a man in the back seat and the victim was taken to the Burley Grove area of Mangotsfield.

She got out of the taxi and was walking along Burley Grove when she was grabbed by an unknown man from behind and subjected to a serious sexual assault. This happened at around 2am.

Detective Inspector Adam Bunting said police want to speak to the taxi driver and passenger.

“We’re very keen to trace the taxi driver who picked up to the woman at the Shell petrol station, known locally as Silvey’s. We believe he may have been Asian.

“There was a male passenger already in the back seat of taxi, who was white.

She’s been through a terrible ordeal and has received help from specially-trained staff at The Bridge Sexual Assault Referral Centre. They’ve given her access to whatever help and support she needs.

– Detective Inspector Adam Bunting

Mystery remains over severed human foot found in a Bath park

Police on the scene in Weston Park East Credit: ITV News

Police investigating a severed human foot which was found in a city park say forensic tests have so far proved inconclusive - but the foot appears to have belonged to a man.

A member of the public discovered the foot in Weston Park East on 19 February, prompting an investigation by Avon & Somerset's Major Crime Investigation Team.

The area in Weston Park East was cordoned off while police investigated. Credit: ITV News

Temporary Detective Inspector Paul Catton said “Something appears to be masking the DNA and we continue to carry out further tests as we seek to determine the limb’s origin."

“The foot has been x-rayed and we know it is a left foot which has been cut just above the ankle. There is no other damage and we can say for certain the foot has not been separated from the leg due to some sort of impact.

“There are indications that it was a man’s foot but due to the fact we have not been able to take a full DNA sample we can’t be sure."

It is worth noting, that based on what we do know, we are not at this time linking the case to any crime or missing person.

– Temporary Detective Inspector Paul Catton


Investigation underway after 'severed human foot' found in park

The area in Weston Park East has been cordoned off while police investigate. Credit: ITV News

Police are investigating after an apparent severed human foot was found in a park in Bath.

According to the Bath Chronicle, a dog-walker made a grisly discovery in the southern corner of Weston Park East.

Police have cordoned off the area and are investigating what the item could be.

We were called shortly after 8am to reports a member of the public had found a suspicious item in Weston Park East, in Bath.

We are making enquiries into the report and will issue and update in due course.

– Avon & Somerset Police
Reports that the item is a human foot have not yet confirmed Credit: ITV News

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

Credit: ITV News

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:

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