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Man goes missing near Bath hospital

Bryan Howe from Frome was last seen near the Royal United Hospital in Bath Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Police are worried about the welfare of a man from Frome who went missing in Bath earlier today.

Bryan Howe was last seen near the Royal United Hospital at 8 am today, Thursday 7 July.

Officers warn he may seem agitated and are checking buses and trains in case he has made his way back to Frome.

Second left foot found in Bath

A human foot has been found in undergrowth in the garden of a property in Bath. It's the second foot to be found this year.

Specialist crime scene investigators are closely examining the scene while carrying out a search of the area of a neighbouring property as part of the investigation.

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The discovery follows the earlier find in February of a human foot in Weston Park East, which backs on to Weston Park.

An investigation into that foot was carried out by our major crime investigation team which reached the conclusion that the limb was likely to be an exhibit from a medical establishment.

At this stage detectives are linking the two finds due to the physical similarities and the close proximity of the locations at which they were found.

But it has been revealed that both finds are of left feet, and so are not from the same body.

Victoria Davies sent us this report from the area where the foot was found:

Bath Rugby deny imminent takeover

Bath are yet to replace coach Mike Ford. Credit: PA

Bath Rugby have firmly stomped out rumours that the club is being taken over by new owners.

The Aviva Premiership club wrote an open letter to supporters, published on their website, in response to rumours about the future of owner Bruce Craig.

Bath are as yet to replace Mike Ford, who stepped down as coach at the end of the 2016 season.

We would like to take this opportunity to address recent rumours in the media, and confirm that Bath Rugby is not being sold and will remain under the sole ownership of Bruce Craig. The Club, the team, and the stadium development all remain a long term commitment and passion for Bruce.

We recognise that there has been a lot of rumour and speculation lately, particularly with regard to the coaching structure, and we understand your frustrations while waiting for news.

We are in the process of finalising the coaching structure and we will notify you as soon as an announcement is ready to be made.Thank you for all your ongoing support and patience.

– Bath Rugby


Police shut down illegal raves in Bath and South Gloucestershire

Police shut down two illegal raves in South Gloucestershire and Bath overnight after calls from local residents.

A group of around 200 people were found partying in muddy conditions under the Bath to Bristol railway line, with some straying onto the train tracks.

CCTV showing the illegal rave Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

A police operation involving local officers, mounted and dog units and staff from British Transport Police eventually cleared the site by 6 o'clock this morning (Sunday 26th June)

Meanwhile, they were also alerted to a second, smaller gathering in Nupdown Lane in Oldbury-on-Severn just after midnight.

The event had been advertised on social media and police worked to stop more people joining the 50 to 60 who had already gathered.

A closure notice was issued and the sound system seized. Police say the site was cleared by 5am on Sunday (26th June)

We are grateful to the local community for their support in identifying both events at an early stage so that we could take direct action.

It is always challenging to manage large numbers of people in the dark, in the rain and in the mud especially near railway lines or close to the seashore but on this occasion we were able to act swiftly on the information provided by residents, to stop the disturbance promptly.

– Superintendent Chris Weigold, Avon & Somerset Police
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Arrest made in Melanie Hall murder investigation

A man has been arrested in connection with the murder of Bath woman Melanie Hall.

The 45-year-old man was arrested on Thursday, just two weeks after her parents offered a £50,000 reward for information leading to a conviction.

He remains in custody for questioning.

Melanie Hall disappeared in 1996 Credit: Family

The 25-year-old was last seen at Cadillac's Nightclub in Bath in 1996.

Her remains were found 13 years later by the side of the M5 in Gloucestershire.

Police say they believe DNA evidence has brought them one step closer to finding Melanie's killer.

Melanie’s parents have been informed of the arrest and will continue to be supported and updated on the progress of our inquiry by specialist family liaison officers.

– Det Supt Andy Bevan
Melanie was declared legally dead in 2004 Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

Athletics stars recognised by University of Bath

Malcolm Arnold and Colin Jackson at the University of Bath Sports Village in 2012 Credit: ITV News

Two athletics legends have been inducted into the University of Bath's Hall of Fame for Sport.

Malcolm Arnold Credit: PA

Coach Malcolm Arnold has been based at the University since 1998. He has a long list of Olympic medal-winners among his charges - from gold medallist John Akii-Bua in 1972 to both Colin Jackson and Jason Gardener.

Colin Jackson Credit: PA

Seoul 1988 Olympic silver medallist Jackson was inducted during the same ceremony.

The Welsh hurdler has been recognised for his impact on and inspiration for athletics at the University.

Bristol and Bath politicians sign open letter urging remain vote

Bristol and Bath politicians have joined forces to urge their constituents to vote remain in the EU Referendum.

In an open letter the 14 MPs, MEPs and councillors said a Brexit would be bad for the area.

The listed the amount of money given to the region's universities by the EU, adding, "it is thanks to our EU membership that the Bristol and Bath area is home to world-class universities".

The Leave campaign points out this is a national - not constituency vote - with opinion polls suggesting it is a very close contest.

In the letter they wrote:

Last year, we were all campaigning against each other.

This year, we are united in our view that Brexit would be bad for Bristol and Bath.

You might care about the environment, or the fact that our economy is still fragile after the great financial recession of 2008.

You might value your rights as workers, or the education and research opportunities available to you as a student or young person. Bristol University and UWE combined have received £129 million in funding from the EU in the last 3 years alone, and Bath Spa and Bath University have also benefitted a huge amount. It is thanks to our EU membership that the Bristol and Bath area is home to world-class universities.

You may enjoy our clean beaches and bathing water or visiting some of the UK’s precious wildlife habitats, protected thanks to EU regulations.

You might remember the sacrifice of European war, or value the cooperation and arrest powers available to Britain across Europe.

You may have children or grandchildren whose future is your priority, whom you want to have the choice to study, work, travel and do business anywhere in the European Union, or you may be thinking about your own retirement plans.

You may enjoying travelling around the European Union without visas, with free health care thanks to the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), and enjoying ever - lower roaming charges on your phone, thanks to our European Members of Parliament.

You might work in one of the 45,000 jobs in Bristol that will be at risk if we leave the EU, or you might run your own business selling your products and skills to the largest trading block in the World. South West businesses export 55% of their total exports to the European Union, which makes clear what an important trading partner the EU is.

Bristol is a leading European city. Our local economy is strong, in part, because of our strong trading roots with the continent.

We have come together, as political foes, to ask you to vote for Bristol. Next Thursday your vote will have an impact of our city for generations to come.

Bristol is stronger, safer, and better off with Britain as a member of the European Union.

We ask you to stand with us to vote for that future. Vote Remain on Thursday 23rd June.

– Open letter
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Is your politician on the list? Here's who signed the letter:

  • Marvin Rees – Mayor of Bristol
  • Clare Moody – Labour MEP for South West England and Gibraltar
  • Darren Jones – 2015 Labour Parliamentary candidate for Bristol North West
  • Thangam Debbonaire – MP for Bristol West and Shadow Culture Minister
  • Ben Howlett – MP for Bath
  • Karin Smyth –PPS to Shadow Health Secretary and MP for Bristol South
  • Kerry McCarthy – Shadow Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs and MP for Bristol East
  • Helen Holland – Bristol Labour councillor and cabinet member for Place
  • Tony Dyer – 2016 Green candidate for Bristol Mayor
  • Brenda Massey – Labour councillor
  • Mark Bradshaw – Labour councillor and cabinet member for Transport
  • Clare Campion-Smith – 2015 Liberal Democrat Parliamentary candidate for Bristol North West and Lord Mayor of Bristol
  • Justin Quinell – 2015 Green Party Parliamentary candidate for Bristol North West
  • Molly Scott-Cato – Green Party MEP for South West England and Gibraltar
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