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South West police dog to compete in national competition

PC Andrew Jerreat and four year old Police Dog ‘Elmo’ are representing Tri Force Operations at the National Police Dog trials Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

Avon and Somerset Police duo PC Andrew Jerreat and four year old Police Dog ‘Elmo’ are representing Tri Force Operations at the National Police Dog trials today.

The four day event is in Stirling where 21 police dog teams from various forces across the UK put through their paces to identify who are the top dogs in the country.

The dogs and their handlers will be assessed on the full range of police dog duties including tracking, obedience, criminal work and crowd control.

PC Jerreat entered the South West and Wales Regional Dog Assessments in March. He fought off stiff competition from 12 officers and qualified to attend the nationals.

This will be my first time in the nationals and I am really looking forward to the challenge. I am very proud of Elmo, he is an outstanding partner.

Elmo has been with me for 3 years and he came to me as a puppy from our breed scheme.

We have worked hard to become a team and continually strive for excellence.

– PC Andrew Jerreat

Avon and Somerset Police employee tribunal dismissed

Avon and Somerset Police have released a statement after an employment tribunal against the force is dropped.

This afternoon the three claimants in the Employment Tribunal taking place in Bristol withdrew all their allegations in full, which included harassment, victimisation and sex discrimination.

These claims have always been robustly resisted in their entirety by Avon and Somerset Constabulary.

As a result of the allegations being withdrawn, the Chair has formally dismissed the claims and closed the Tribunal.

– Avon and Somerset Constabulary


Two men released on bail in child sexual exploitation inquiry

Two men arrested as part of an investigation into child sexual exploitation offences in Bristol have been released on bail say Avon and Somerset Police.

The men, both in their twenties, will answer bail in late June.

A third man also arrested earlier this week has been released on bail until early July.

Eight people have now been arrested in connection with this inquiry.

Have you seen this man who has absconded from HMP Leyhill?

Vladymyr Lunkov is considered a risk to the public. Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

Police are appealing for help to find a man convicted of sexual assault and burglary who has absconded from a Gloucestershire prison.

25-year-old Vladymyr Lunkov was serving an indeterminate sentence at HMP Leyhill for offences committed in London.

He has links to the Haringey area of London and family and friends in the city. He is considered a risk to the public

Thousands caught on speed cameras in just 6 weeks

Two speed cameras catch nearly 3,000 offenders Credit: PA: John Stillwell

Two cameras in Somerset have caught almost three thousand people speeding since they were switched back on in February.

Up to 29 cameras in the Avon and Somerset area were due to be reactivated since they were turned off in 2011.

So far only one in Saltford and one in Worle have been turned back on. The The two cameras detected 2,879 offences between the beginning of February and the end of March.

Police say they're disappointed some drivers continue to ignore speed limits.

We are disappointed that despite the high profile media campaign that the static cameras would be switched back on, some drivers have continued to ignore the relevant speed limits at these locations. We are very open in our stance - both in the media and supported by the fact that the sites are highly visible - that we would prefer drivers to slow down, drive safely and adhere to the law, resulting in no offenders being detected.

Static sites are one element of our approaches to keeping our roads safer. They are used in conjunction with voluntary groups who work with us in the form of Community SpeedWatch, Local Policing Teams, the Speed Enforcement Unit and specialist Road Policing Officers. By having a range of measures in place, it remains our commitment to target these resources in the most appropriate way to keep our roads as safe as possible and respond positively to areas of community concern.

We have always made it clear that this was a programme of reactivation and drivers must assume that the static cameras are active. It would be misleading to send the message to the public that only these two sites are active based on a Freedom of Information request which is based on a specific point in time. This can and will change on a daily basis.

I would reiterate that the cameras are owned by various local authorities and some by the police. The reactivation programme is actively ongoing and our message remains the same - that drivers should assume they are working, to drive responsibly and within the law

– Richard Corrigan, Road Safety Lead


Three-year-old dies in Avonmouth car crash

A three-year-old girl has died following a serious car crash in Avonmouth.

A woman and two children were taken to hospital after their Toyota Yaris collided with a Mercedes minibus in Kings Weston Lane at around 9.15am yesterday.

A three-year-old girl was kept in hospital but sadly died from her injuries last night.

A 46-year-old man was arrested in connection with the collision and he remains in custody for questioning.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

Injured deer rescued by police nursed back to help

A badly injured young deer who was rescued from the side of the road by police has been nursed back to health.

Avon and Somerset officers scooped up the deer and took it to Secret World Wildlife Rescue after being alerted to the animal - which appeared to be badly injured and in a distressed state - by members of the public.

It has now been nursed back to health by staff at the centre and released back into the wild.

It is believed the young male roe deer might have been in shock after being struck by a vehicle.

When we arrived at the scene, the animal seemed shaken and distressed. We were delighted to see that he wasn’t as badly hurt as we had first feared. We wanted to ensure that he was well looked after so our Control Room contacted Secret World. I’m pleased to hear that he has since made a full recovery and has been safely returned to the wild where he belongs.

– PC Rob Browne

Chief Constable's misconduct hearing adjourned

Nick Gargan denies any wrongdoing Credit: PA

A misconduct hearing into allegations made against the Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset police has been adjourned.

Nick Gargan was accused of leaking internal emails and behaving inappropriately towards female members of staff nearly a year ago. He's been suspended on full pay ever since.

A preliminary hearing is due to be held next Friday. Mr Gargan denies the claims.

Police warning over theft of hazardous metal in Yeovil

Cadmium anode balls were stolen in the theft Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Police are warning that metal stolen from a factory in Yeovil could pose a health risk to the public. They say a large quantity of cadmium was taken from South West Metal Finishing in Limber Road on Monday night.

The cadmium anode balls were removed from chemical trays. Anyone who comes into contact with them is advised not to touch them and should seek medical attention should they have done so.

One of the suspects captured on CCTV Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Cadmium is carcinogenic. Low-level exposure can result in flu-like symptoms, but more extensive contact can cause lung and kidney disease. Detectives are hunting two suspects who were captured on CCTV around the time of the theft.

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