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Bradley Stoke first to benefit from broadband deal

The deal could help promote local businesses. Credit: Martin Gerten/DPA/Press Association Images

Bradley Stoke has been announced as the first town in South Gloucestershire to benefit from a multi-million pound superfast broadband deal.

Homes and businesses in the area will be able to order fibre broadband services by summer 2014.

By the end of March 2015, 94% of premises in South Gloucestershire will have access to superfast speeds of 24Mbps and above.

Tributes for Bristol school girl

  • Erin tweeted: "Sarah Port's death really makes you realise how precious life is and how easily it can be snatched away, rip Sarah, thoughts to her family x"
  • Another friend wrote: "just heard about sarah port, such sad news. our school will make sure you're remembered, rest in peace"
  • Amy Short wrote: "rip sarah port, you were a lovely girl. thoughts to the family and friends. love u xx"


School statement on death of Sarah Port

The thoughts and prayers of the whole school community are with her family and friends at this time of tragic loss and grief.

Sarah was a lovely, kind, well-liked and cheerful student. She was lively and fully engaged in the academic and community aspects of school life.

Sarah had a special love of the sporting and active opportunities offered by school and was keen to volunteer and get involved.

She represented school at netball and had recently extended her love of the water by going on a school trip to Spain in July, where she enjoyed sailing, snorkelling and other water sports.

Sarah will be missed enormously by her friends, fellow students and all the staff at school.

A memorial and an opportunity to pay tribute to Sarah will be planned, alongside her family and friends, on our return to school in September.

– Bradley Stoke Community School statement

Brothel madam made to repay over £1000 for crime

A woman who ran a brothel in Bradley Stoke has been ordered to repay £1,115 and given a one year community order.

An investigation was launched earlier this year after police received reports of men calling at an address in Boursland Close and that young women were also seen there.

Enquiries suggested the address was being used as a brothel.

Police were given a search warrant and subsequently, 46-year-old Jana Chmelickova was charged with keeping a brothel.

During the warrant £1,115 cash was found at the premises.

Jana Chmelickova appeared at Bristol Crown Court today and was given a one-year community order and subject to a curfew for three months.

The court heard that Chmelickova's benefit from crime was £1,115 and the cash was confiscated under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

We are committed to seizing any assets that criminals have gained as a result of crime. It is not acceptable that criminals benefit from illegal activities and we will relentlessly pursue them through the courts to ensure their money is taken. By doing this we show criminals that they will not benefit from crime and hopefully deter others from entering a life of crime.

– Dr Kirstie Cogram, the manager of the Financial Investigation Unit for Avon and Somerset police

Parents shocked after horsemeat dinners discovery

Parents in Bath say they're shocked after discovering their children have been served horsemeat in their school dinners.

Many headteachers and parents were told last night that minced beef served in lunches at more than 50 schools run by Bath and North East Somerset Council had tested positive for traces of equine meat.

Laura Makin-Isherwood reports:


Horse meat found in BANES school meals

Tests have confirmed that beef mince used for school meals in Bath and North East Somerset in December contained horsemeat.

The meat came from the supplier Welsh Bros Foods. 49 primary schools and 10 early years centres used the mince.

The council has now withdrawn all products from the supplier and beef mince has been removed from school menus.

The Food Standards Agency says there's no evidence of any risk to consumers.

Abattoir owner speaks out about bute findings

The owner of a Somerset abattoir business caught up in the horsemeat scandal has denied doing anything wrong.

Tests revealed horses slaughtered by Stephen Potter contained a potentially harmful painkiller. He claims carcasses were being passed off as beef as long as 12 months ago and that a complete overhaul of the system which regulates the industry is needed.

Full report: Schools reassure parents in the wake of the horsemeat scare

Schools have today tried to reassure parents about the safety of pupils' meals in the wake of the horsemeat scare. In Bristol, some meals have been removed from the menu in secondary schools, as what the supplier calls "a precaution".

Meanwhile a food processing plant in the city has restarted full production after one of its products was withdrawn by Asda. Watch Bob Constantine's report.

Production re-starts at factory

The supplier of a supermarket bolognese sauce, which was taken off the shelves last week because it contained horse DNA, has re-started full production at its Bristol base after a "deep-clean" over the weekend.

Greencore, which makes convenience foods for supermarkets, has said all other products from the factory have tested negative.

The company has launched a full investigation into how the ASDA sauce contained nearly 5 per cent horse DNA.

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