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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.

Concern over sale of Frome police station building

Sign outside the building housing Frome police station Credit: ITV West

People living in Frome are concerned that their police station may be about to close because the building it's housed in is up for sale. Local councillors are worried policing in the town may change if it's forced to move elsewhere.

It comes as the Police & Crime Commissioner and Chief Constable visit the town to take part in their first public forum event in the Avon and Somerset force area.


4,000 apply for 35 police officer posts

There is huge competition for jobs with Avon & Somerset Police Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA

Around 4,000 people have applied for just 35 jobs as police officers with Avon & Somerset Police.

The force has seen thousands of applicants complete an online assessment at the start of the recruitment process. It's the first time it has advertised for new officers in more than two years.

PCC election turn-out for Avon & Somerset

Avon and Somerset Police Authority has revealed the figures for the turn-out for last night's elections for the Police and Crime Commissioner.

They show a low turn-out in our region. The figures for Bristol are higher because the city was also taking part in mayoral elections.

  • Sedgemoor District Council 14.35%
  • Mendip District Council 18.53%
  • South Somerset District Council 19.24%
  • South Gloucestershire Council 16.3%
  • Bath & NE Som Council 15.95%
  • Taunton Deane Borough Council 18.13%
  • West Somerset District Council 16.91%
  • Bristol City Council 27.48%
  • North Somerset Council 16.01%

Search for missing Cinderford man

Missing man Kyle Jackson Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Police are concerned for the whereabouts of a man from Cinderford.

25-year-old Kyle Jackson was reported missing from his home in Westfield Road yesterday afternoon [Wednesday].

Officers have serious concerns for Kyle’s mental health and are urging him or anyone who sees him to get in contact immediately.

Kyle is described as white, of stocky build, with short dark brown hair. He wears a thick silver chained necklace and has a piercing in his left eyebrow.

When he was last seen he was driving his blue Vauxhall Vectra.

Search for missing man

Missing Jamie Hogg Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Police are appealing for the public's help to trace a missing 20-year-old man.

They are searching from Jamie Hogg, who has not been seen since Saturday. He is known to be depressed. He sent a text message to his partner on Sunday morning, but there has been no contact since and his family are concerned.

Jamie is described as a white man, about 5ft 10ins tall and of skinny build. He has brown/ginger coloured hair and has big blue stars tatooed on his arm. He is thought to be wearing a black hooded top, blue jeans and 'skate' training shoes.

He lives at Hallatrow but was last seen in the Coleford area. He also frequents the Midsomer Norton and Peasdown St John areas.

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