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New sighting of missing DJ Derek in Yate

DJ Derek, who is well-known in the music scene Credit: ITV News West Country

Police searching for missing DJ Derek Morris from Bristol say they have had a suspected sighting of the 73-year-old.

DJ Derek, as he is known, was last seen on his way home from the Commercial Rooms in Bristol on 10 July.

It has now emerged that he may have been seen by friends at Yate bus station on either 16 or 17 July at approximately midday.

Officers are now re-focusing their search in the Yate area.

They have also had sightings of Derek at Cribbs Causeway and Thornbury and are looking into any potential link with bus routes in South Gloucestershire.

Since Derek was reported missing on Thursday 23 July, we’ve conducted a thorough and wide-spread search investigation.

“This has involved detailed CCTV examinations, house to house enquiries and physical searches.

“We have also had a large number of reported sightings following our public appeal and we are working through all of these.

“This new confirmed sighting in Yate will mean we will re-focus our efforts in this area and I would ask anyone who was in the vicinity of Yate bus station on July 16/17 to come forward.

"I would also ask anyone who regularly uses public transport within Yate, Cribbs Causeway or Thornbury to come forward if they have any information.

– Detective Inspector Chris Jay, Avon & Somerset Police


Westbury man achieves dream of standing at his wedding

A man from Westbury has achieved his dream of standing at the alter on his wedding day.

Neil Martin woke up 8 years ago unable to walk because of a rare condition called Myotubular Myopothy.

In fact it is so rare is one of only seven people in the world to have this of a rare type of muscular dystrophy.

However, Neil's dream came true when he was able to stand at the alter with bride Ginny thanks to a fundraising effort which helped fund a special wheelchair.

Neil Martin woke up 8 years ago unable to walk because of a rare condition Credit: Neil Martin

The standing frame manual wheelchair can't be funded on the NHS, so Martin and Ginny set up a crowd funding page to raise the £15,000 needed. And as the pictures show, that target was achieved and Martin's dream became a realty.

Fundraisers helped raise £15,000 to turn Martin's dream into a reality Credit: Neil Martin

Bristol MP backs Andy Burnham as next Labour leader

Bristol MP Kerry McCarthy has backed MP Andy Burnham as the next Labour leader.

The representative for Bristol East was speaking after attending a rally hosted by the leadership candidate in the West Country this weekend.

Jeremy Corbyn the MP for Islington North is favourite for the position.

Labour leadership hopeful Andy Burnham. Credit: Joe Giddens / PA Images


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