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Police bravery award for rescuing a woman during last winter's floods

Sgt Luke Gribble was presented with the bravery award at Downing Street Credit: ITV News

A police officer who waded into rapidly rising flood waters to rescue a woman from her stranded car has won a police bravery award.

Sergeant Luke Gribble carried the woman to safety on a country lane on the outskirts of Bristol between Doynton and Dyrham last December.

He was presented with his award at a reception at 10 Downing Street.

Policing "won't be affected" by suspension

Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens says the Chief Constable's suspension won't affect policing Credit: PA

The Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner says day-to-day policing won't be affected following the suspension of the Chief Constable.

Nick Gargan was suspended yesterday amid allegations of inappropriate behaviour towards female staff. Sue Mountstevens says he'll be investigated in exactly the same way as any other officer.


Chief Constable Nick Gargan suspended from duty

Nick Gargan has been suspended over allegations of inappropriate behaviour Credit: PA

Avon and Somerset Police chief constable Nick Gargan has been suspended over allegations of inappropriate behaviour towards female officers.

Avon and Somerset deputy chief constable John Long will act as temporary chief constable.

Mr Gargan started his career with Leicestershire Constabulary in 1988 after completing a degree in French and politics at the University of Leicester.

He worked extensively on the investigation into the death of Diana, Princess of Wales.

BREAKING: Chief Constable Nick Gargan suspended

The Chief Constable of Avon & Somerset Police Nick Gargan has been suspended from duty over allegations of inappropriate behaviour.

The IPCC has begun an investigation.

This investigation follows a referral from the Police and Crime Commissioner for Avon and Somerset and is in to a number of serious allegations that relate to inappropriate conduct towards female members of staff at the force."

– Independent Police Complaints Commission


Police say WD-40 attack was a 'nasty assault'

This was a nasty assault which came out of the blue against three men who had done nothing to provoke the offenders. It was an extremely reckless act spraying such a harmful substance in people’s faces and the victims are very lucky that their vision was unaffected and they have no long-term injuries.

I have identified two people who might be able to help me with my enquiries. I would appeal to anyone who recognises these people to get in touch with me straight away.”

– PC Dave Townsend, Avon and Somerset Police

WD-40 sprayed in faces of three men in taxi office

Three men have had WD-40 sprayed in their faces.

Avon and Somerset Police say it happened when they were waiting for a taxi at a cab firm in Weston-super-Mare on June 16th between 3am and 4am.

It is alleged a woman produced a can of the lubricant and sprayed the three men in their faces.

The three victims fled outside and were assaulted by two other men, leaving one with a broken nose.

Race crimes fall in Avon & Somerset police area

The number of racially motivated crimes has fallen by 19 per cent Credit: ITV News Westcountry

The number of racially motivated crimes reported to Avon and Somerset Police has dropped in the last two years. Incidents went down by 19 per cent. But victims and case workers have told ITV West Country the figures may not reflect reality - as reporting crime can be difficult.

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