Live updates

Court appeal to move transgender woman from male prison

Tara Hudson's mother says her daughter is Credit: SWNS

An appeal is taking place today in the case of a transgender woman from Bath ordered to serve a sentence at a male prison.

Tara Hudson was given a 12-week sentence at Bristol Prison by magistrates despite the 26-year-old having lived as a woman her whole adult life.

A petition calling for her to be moved has been signed by more than 115,000 people, and fears for her safety have increased after reports that she had been sexually harassed in the prison.

Supporters of Tara are planning to gather outside Bristol Crown Court, while a concurrent protest takes place in London.

Man jailed for 5 years for killing landlady in row over hot water

Jesse Harper. Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

A man found guilty of the manslaughter of his landlady near Bath in a row over using too much hot water faces five years in jail.

Jesse Harper pushed 55-year-old Joanna Doman down a flight of stairs at her home in Peasedown St John. Ms Doman had confronted Harper over his "expensive habit" of taking two baths a day.

He was sentenced at Bristol Crown Court earlier.

Joanna Doman's family today released a statement expressing their gratitude and grief.

"We would like to thank everyone involved in the investigation into Joanna’s death - to the police for their support throughout this upsetting time and also to the staff at the intensive care unit in Southmead Hospital for the care and kindness they showed Joanna while she was in their care.

"While we are satisfied that justice has been done for Joanna, for which we thank everyone involved, no sentence will be long enough and nothing will bring Joanna back."

– Joanna Doman's family
Joanna Doman was 55 when she died. Credit: Avon and Somerset Police


Transgender woman 'sexually harassed' in male prison

Tara Hudson's mother says her daughter is Credit: SWNS

The mother of 26-year-old transgender woman Tara Hudson has told ITV West Country that her daughter is "suffering sexual harassment" in a male prison in Bristol.

Tara Hudson has been sent to the all-male HM Prison Bristol Credit: PA

There is a campaign to move Tara from the all-male HMP Bristol. Protests have been planned for Bristol and London, and more than 100,000 people have signed a petition calling for her release in the last 3 days.

Jackie Brooklyn was called by her daughter from a prison phone this morning (Oct 29th), and says Tara told her she is being "constantly harassed".

"Men are constantly shouting at her from their cells, asking to see her boobs.

She's not in isolation, she's on a healthcare wing next to men. It's very distressing for her.

She was only given clean underwear yesterday, before that she was wearing the same clothes she went to prison in."

– Jackie Brooklyn, Tara's mother

Tara Hudson's appeal to be moved from the prison will be heard tomorrow (Oct 30th) at Bristol Crown Court. Supporters are planning a rally outside the court.

Protests planned for Tara Hudson's prison move appeal

A rally is planned to coincide with transgender woman Tara Hudson's appeal to be moved to a female prison.

The appeal will be heard at Bristol Crown Court tomorrow (Oct 30) and supporters have arranged to protest outside.

Trans woman Tara Hudson is serving in an all-male prison

Transgender woman Tara Hudson was sent to an all-male prison in Bristol after admitting to assault.

She has lived all her adult life as a woman and has undergone 6 years of reconstructive surgery. Prison authorities made the decision to send her to HMP Bristol as her passport states she's a man.

An online petition calling for Tara to be moved to an alternative facility has reached over 100,000 signatures in 3 days.

A Facebook event calling for an 'emergency protest' outside the Ministry of Justice in London has also been set up.

Police increasingly concerned over missing teenager

15 year-old Sascha Gallichan has been missing since Sunday Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

Police are becoming increasingly concerned about the whereabouts of a missing teenager.

15 year-old Sascha Gallichan was last seen in Bath on Sunday morning. Officers believe she maybe in the west Somerset area - in particular Taunton, Brridgwater and Petherton.

Detective Inspector, Lorett Spierenburg, is keen to say to Shascha that she is "not in trouble":

“I want to make it clear that Sascha is in no trouble – we just want to make sure she is ok. She has lots of people who care about her and they just want to know she is safe.

“I would appeal to anyone who may have seen Sascha or someone matching her description, to come forward immediately."

– Detective Inspector Lorett Spierenburg

Anyone with information is asked to contact us now on 101, quoting ref 5215026702.


Man to have WW2 injury treated - 70 years after bombs hit Bath

A man who survived the Bath Blitz will today have an operation performed on an injury sustained during the raid.

A photograph shows the impact the 3-day bombing attack had on the city

Jack Savour was only 12 when he dislocated his wrist falling from a wall - but he received little treatment as the hospitals tried to cope with the hundreds injured in the bombing raid.

Hear his dramatic account of the moment the bombs first hit:

Two men bailed until December over Bath lorry crash

Mitzi Steady was killed in the crash in Bath.

Two men have been bailed until December in connection with a tipper truck crash in Bath in which four people died.

Four people - including 4-year-old Mitzi Roseanna Steady - were killed in the incident on Lansdown Road in February.

Two men were arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and causing manslaughter by gross negligence.

Crowds gather to cheer winner of BB marathon

Crowds gathering to cheer home the winner of the first Bristol to Bath marathon Credit: ITV News

Crowds gather to cheer home the winner of the first Bristol to Bath marathon. Some competitors expect to run the inaugural course in under 2hrs30 but the hilly route means slower times might be expected.

6,500 runners set of from Bristol at 9am this morning tackling the 26.2 mile route taking in some of the beautiful countryside between the two cities.

Load more updates