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Appeal to find missing woman from Yeovil

Police are asking for the public's help to find a missing woman in Yeovil.

Lesley Beard, 48, was last seen in the town at 10:45 am yesterday (11 April).

If you see her please call 999.


Chilling CCTV footage shows burglars creeping around home as owner sleeps

Chilling CCTV shows the men creeping around the home Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

Footage showing three hooded burglars creeping around a house as the unsuspecting occupants slept upstairs, has been released.

The CCTV pictures show two men searching the living room of a home in Bristol, while the third keeps watch at the front door.

A second security camera then shows the pair pacing the living room as they trawl for items to steal at 3am.

After a good look around the burglars tread carefully back to the hallway with their arms laden with stolen items and hand their haul to the third man.

The crime was only uncovered after the owner was woken by a noise and found his front door open and the light downstairs turned on.

The robbers made off with a number of items, including three laptops, a handbag, wallets and a set of car keys.

Police have now released footage of the March 25 break-in in Emersons Green, which shows two of the men's faces.

All three suspects wore dark clothing. The two who searched the house were dressed in hoodies underneath coats, grey trousers and black gloves. One wore Nike trainers.

Anyone with information should contact police.

Police investigated after vulnerable autistic man Tasered

Avon and Somerset Police is under investigation into what led officers to use a Taser on a vulnerable man with autism and learning difficulties.

The 26-year-old was Tasered in August last year before he was arrested and charged with assaulting a police officer and criminal damage.

But the charges after the incident in Bristol were later dropped by the CPS, and now the police watchdog is investigating whether the use of the Taster was "proportionate".

Our investigations, which are at early stages, will look at how police discharged their duties and responsibilities while dealing with a man deemed to be vulnerable, and whether appropriate force was used.

It is important that we establish the full facts, and we will regularly update the complainants and police force as our enquiries progress

– Guido Liguori, IPCC Associate Commissioner
Tasers fire barbs connected to a battery

The investigation follows a complaint from the man's mother who alleges police failed to properly investigate, or provide appropriate support, for him despite his health problems.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is also investigating how the force dealt with the same man on three separate occasions in 2014.

Two incidents saw the man convicted of burglary and harassment, while the CPS decided not to proceed with one charge of assault.

We can confirm that we voluntarily referred this incident to the IPCC who are carrying out an independent investigation.

We are not able to comment further at this stage.

– Avon and Somerset Police spokesman
Avon and Somerset Constabulary HQ Credit: ITV West Country

Councillor accused of growing cannabis

A Conservative councillor has appeared in court accused of growing cannabis Credit: Bath and North East Somerset Council

A Conservative councillor has appeared in court accused of growing cannabis.

Donal Hassett, who represents the Newbridge ward for Bath and North East Somerset Council appeared at Bristol Crown Court today accused of one count of conspiracy to produce class B cannabis.

He was arrested along with five other people as part of Operation Zephyr - the West Country's regional organised crime unit on March 24.

He will next appear on April 29th.


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
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