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Body found outside house in Bristol

Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

The body of a man has been found outside a property in Bristol.

Avon and Somerset Police were called just after 6.20am on 31 May to a house in Barton Hill. Officers are making enquiries into the man's sudden death but at this stage it is not being treated as suspicious.

Detectives are now working on behalf of the coroner though continue to appeal for information, urging people to call 101.

Hartcliffe flat fire: man charged with fraud and theft

Police have charged a man with fraud and theft after items were stolen from a man whose body was found after a fire in Bristol.

The fire was at a flat in Rowan House was on the 15 May. 49-year-old Richard Powell was found dead at the flat - his death is not being treated as suspicious.

Officers believe Mr Powell died from natural causes before the fire started. Credit: Google Earth

Stephen Gareth Cadman, of Hartcliffe, has been charged with one count of fraud and one count of theft.

The charges relate to the theft of a mobile phone and fraudulent use of a bank card.

Cadman was released on bail and will appear in court on 13 July.

Man defending friends from racial abuse has jaw broken in 'violent and disturbing attack'

Police are keen to hear from any witnesses to the incident in Victoria Park. Credit: Google Earth

A man's jaw has been broken as he tried to defend his friends from racist abuse in Taunton.

It happened on Friday afternoon in Victoria Park - the 20 year old victim was walking with two women at around 5pm.

Police say they were approached by a large group of young people - some of whom then racially abused the two women before repeatedly punching the man in the face.

This was a violent and disturbing attack in which the victim and his friends were threatened and intimidated by a large group of people.

There can never be any excuse for hate crime or violence in any shape or form and this criminality will not be tolerated.

– DS Mark Probert

Police are keen to hear from any witnesses.

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