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CCTV image released after elderly woman attacked in Bristol

CCTV image released after elderly woman attacked in Bristol Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Police have released a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to after a 76 year old was assaulted in a robbery in Bristol. Jean Taylor was left with nasty head injuries after the incident at her home in Green Street, Totterdown at around 2pm on Tuesday 28th January.

Investigator Paul Hopes said: “While it is not possible to see his face, I would like the public to look closely at his clothing."

“Jean is still recovering from the incident but she has been overwhelmed by the support of the local community, who have donated flowers, gifts and even raised money for her.

A reward of up to £3,000 is being offered by the charity Crimestoppers for information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible.

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Attempted armed robbery in Weston-super-Mare

Police in Weston-super-Mare are investigating after an attempted armed robbery last night. At around 6:35pm a man threatened staff in Hayers Convenience Store in Clovelly Road with a knife, demanding they hand over money form the tills.

Staff managed to set off the store's panic alarm and the man left empty handed. He is described as white, in his twenties and was wearing a black jacket and bottoms and a black woolly hat.

Pensioner "thought she was going to die" after assault

A pensioner from Bristol has described the moment she thought she was going to die after being assaulted and robbed in her home.

Jenny Taylor, who's 76, was left with head injuries after a man called at her door before attacking her and making off with £100.

Tonight the police have put up a £3,000 reward for anyone with information leading to an arrest.

Eli-Louise Wringe's report contains images you may find distressing.

Bristol pensioner battered by intruder

Jean Taylor suffered head wounds after being assaulted in Totterdown Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

A pensioner in Bristol has been left with shocking injuries after being battered in her home by an intruder.

Jean Taylor suffered head wounds after being assaulted in Totterdown.

The 76-year-old, who uses a walking stick to get around, was at her home in the Green Street area at around 2pm on January 28 when the doorbell rang.

She answered the door and a man started a conversation with her, which lasted several minutes.

As she went back inside her house, the man followed her in and assaulted her, leaving her with cuts and bruises to her head.

He stole cash and left the house.

The intruder is described as white, in his late 30s or early 40s and of medium build.

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Police horses sent to Somerset Levels

Police horses have been sent to the Somerset Levels Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Avon & Somerset Police are sending police horses to the Somerset Levels to help and reassure residents affected by the floods.

It follows the theft of hundreds of gallons of heating oil from a farm at Moorland.

It has also been arranged that officers will make regular patrols day and night to provide extra reassurance for residents.

150 jobs to go from police force as part of £8m cuts

Nearly 150 police jobs are to go as part of £8 million cuts announced by the Avon & Somerset force. It follows the biggest ever review of how the service operates. Police stations are also under threat.

But Chief Constable Nick Gargan has told our reporter Richard Payne that by reallocating resources and using better technology, there will actually be more bobbies on the beat.

Man who died in river named as Christopher Taylor

Christopher's body was found in the River Avon on Thursday. Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

Police have named a young man who died in the River Avon in Bath as Christopher Taylor.

The 21 year old was a chemistry student at the University of Bath. His body was found on Thursday after cries for help had been heard early that morning.

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