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Cowboy builder jailed for 5 years

The builder who defrauded families in Bristol out of more than a million pounds has been sentenced to five years in prison.

45 year old Mark Jenkins used a number of aliases to target customers in Bristol, North Somerset and South Wales over more than two years.

45 year old 'cowboy builder' Mark Jenkins has been jailed for 5 years. Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Jenkins overcharged his victims and demanded large sums upfront as deposits and regularly failed to complete work.

Jenkins previously served a prison sentence for an earlier rogue builder fraud and was declared bankrupt - but changed his name to avoid notoriety.

Mark Jenkins built this extension for one Bristol couple Credit: ITV

We were extremely pleased to get a successful conviction following a nine month investigation in which we worked alongside Wales Scambusters and South West Scambusters to build a successful case against a man who has caused tremendous distress and disappointment to his many victims.

Today’s jail sentence reflects the seriousness of the crime.

The victims had their dreams and expectations of seeing their homes improved dashed, by the callous actions of a ruthless fraudster, who has been found out.

This was a highly successful example of team work at its best by those involved against a rogue trader.

– DS Adam Smith of Bristol CID


Speed cameras to be switched back on in Bristol

Four cameras are confirmed as going back into action Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA

Four Bristol speed cameras are to be switched back on for the first time in three years.

Fixed speed and red light cameras across the Avon and Somerset region were switched off in 2011 when the Government stopped funding safety camera partnerships. But now, after a period of repairs and replacements, four are going back into action at the following sites:

  • A4018 Westbury Road, north off Brecon Road;
  • A4174 junction of Airport Road and Creswicke Road;
  • A4174 junction of Hartcliffe Way and Novers Lane;
  • B3122 St John’s Lane west of Littleton Road.

There are 52 static cameras across the region that could eventually be reactivated, but the council have not yet confirmed any dates.

We are taking a staged approach to the switch on of cameras which will not mean that all sites are switched on at the same time.

We do not have a date for switching on the cameras at these sites as we are still working with partners and suppliers to ensure all necessary procedures and permissions are in place.

– Bristol City Council

People caught speeding face a £60 fine and three penalty points on their licence. Excessive speeding can lead to a court case, more points, or even a driving ban.

President of Singapore in Bristol

Prime Minister David Cameron greets the President of Singapore Tony Tan Keng Yam inside 10 Dowing Street yesterday. Credit: Facundo Arrizabalaga/PA Wire

The President of Singapore is due to see round Bristol's M Shed today.

It's part of a state visit to the UK by Tony Tan and his wife. They'll be welcomed to the city by the mayor, George Ferguson, and then be given a tour of the museum.

It documents the story of the port from busy harbour to tourist attraction.


"We love you, we miss you...just come home"; the heartfelt plea to missing schoolgirl Yusra Hussein

The family of missing Bristol schoolgirl Yusra Hussein have launched another heartfelt appeal for her to come home.

Speaking on ITV's "The Morning", Yusra's aunt Sucdi Ali spoke into the camera, appealing directly to her niece to come back to her parents.

15 year old Yusra has not been seen since she boarded a flight to Turkey in September. It is feared that she and another girl were on their way to Syria to become a jihadi brides to IS fighters.

Cotterill glad to get record out of the way

Bristol City manager Steve Cotterill was frustrated at his team's defensive lapses which cost them two points against Bradford City even though they set a new club record of 14 matches unbeaten since the start of the season.

Despite Aden Flint's double, City were twice pegged back at Ashton Gate but still extended their lead at the top of League One to six points.

Bristol City set new club record

There were wins for Bristol City and Cheltenham Town.

Bristol City have broken a club record by going 14 games unbeaten at the start of a season.

Aden Flint gave City the lead twice against Bradford, but they were pegged back on each occasion. 2-2 the final score at Ashton Gate. City are now 6 points clear at the top after nearest rivals Peterborough lost at bottom club Crewe.

Swindon Town have suffered a shock 3-2 home defeat by Rochdale. Anton Rodgers and Michael Smith scored for Town, but the visitors scored an injury time winner.

Yeovil Town lost 2-0 at Sheffield United.

And its two straight wins for Cheltenham Town in League Two. They won 2-1 at Cambridge, thanks to a Matt Richards strike and an own goal.

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