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Bath residents' recycling collections delayed for fifth time

Recycling left out for collection in Odd Down in Bath. Credit: ITV West Country

Delays to recycling collections have rolled into a fifth day as industrial action by staff at a council contractor continues.

Members of the Unite union who work at Kier, the company in charge of recycling and food waste collections in Bath and North East Somerset, are taking industrial action in the form of an overtime ban.

This has led to residents experiencing disruption to their recycling collections.

Some residents say they're continuing to have to cope with pavements filled with soaking and smelly waste.

I have a big heap of soggy waste which is already 'aged' since Christmas Day. I think I will just leave it out in the wet but fresh air!

– COMBE DOWN RESIDENT

Bath and North East Somerset Council is asking residents to hold onto their recycling and put it back out for collection on 11 January.

Witness appeal after man's jaw fractured in Bath assault

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was assaulted in Bath and left with significant injuries.

The 20-year-old victim was attacked by a man outside the Taka Taka restaurant on Broad Street at approximately 2.15am on Tuesday, 29 December.

He sustained a fractured jaw and damage to his teeth in the assault.

SUSPECT

  • white
  • 5ft 10ins tall
  • large build
  • brown hair

Anyone who witnessed the incident, or who has any information, is asked to call the police on 101 quoting crime reference number 5215072220.

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Recycling strike hits Bath for another day

Recycling left out for collection in Odd Down in Bath. Credit: ITV News

Staff working for Bath and North East Somerset's recycling contractor, Kier, have taken industrial action in the form of an overtime ban.

This has led to residents experiencing disruption to their recycling collections.

People with recycling and food waste scheduled for Saturday 2 January which had not been collected were being asked to put it back out for collection today (Tuesday 5th January).

However due to continued strike action, the scheduled collections did not happen.

This recycling on Upper Wellsway will have to be taken in and put out for next week. Credit: ITV News

Bath and North East Somerset Council is asking residents to hold onto their recycling and put it back out for collection tomorrow (Wednesday 6 January).

Father of three denies murdering Bath teenager 30 years ago

A 63-year-old man has denied murdering a Bath schoolgirl more than 30 years ago.

Christopher Hampton is accused of stabbing Melanie Road multiple time in the early hours of June 9, 1984.

He was arrested after Avon and Somerset Constabulary tested hundreds of men who had been in the city at the time of Melanie's death.

He appeared at Bristol Crown Court via video link, where the father -of-three spoke only to enter his not guilty plea.

A trial expected to last four weeks is scheduled to start on May 9 next year after further scientific evidence is gathered.

An artist's impression of Christopher Hampton at a previous hearing Credit: Elizabeth Cook

Man arrested following rape of teenager

A man has been arrested in connection with the rape of a 17-year-old girl in Bath.

A large area near the Charlton Court student accommodation block in Lower Bristol Road was cordoned off following the assault on Sunday morning.

The block provides accommodation for Bath Spa University students.

A man in his 20s is currently being questioned by police.

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Death of man in Bath remains unexplained

Police want to trace Patrick Sullivan's last movements Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

Police investigating the death of 53-year-old Patrick Sullivan in Bath would like to hear from anyone who saw him in the city centre on Tuesday 15 or Wednesday 16 December.

He was found in Abbey Green on Wednesday afternoon and was taken to the Royal United Hospital where he later died. A post mortem examination has proved inconclusive and police inquiries are continuing.

We are particularly interested in speaking to any shopkeepers who may have seen Patrick as he is believed to have been in possession of some alcohol on 15 December and may have purchased it locally.

"We are particularly interested in speaking to any shopkeepers who may have seen Patrick as he is believed to have been in possession of some alcohol on 15 December and may have purchased it locally".

– Avon & Somerset Police spokesperson

Three men, aged 44, 60 and 63, have been arrested in connection with Mr Sullivan's death.

Two charged over Bath lorry crash which killed four

Four-year-old Mitzi Rosanna Steady was among those killed in the crash.

Two men have been charged in connection with a tipper truck crash in Bath's Lansdown Lane which killed four people early this year - including four-year-old Mitzi Rosanna Steady.

19-year-old Phillip John Potter from Wiltshire has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving and two counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

Matthew Gordon, 29, also from Wiltshire, has been charged with dangerous driving and several counts of aiding and abetting.

Both have been released on bail and are due before Bath Magistrates' Court in January.

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