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West Country most wanted could be in Spain

The National Crime Agency are searching for two men, one from Bristol and and one from Gloucestershire who are believed to be hiding in Spain.

Mohammed Jahangir Alam,32, (below) is wanted by Gloucestershire Police for rape and sexual assault. He lived in Bradford before moving to Cheltenham in 2008. He is 5ft, 8ins tall and his last known address was in the E3 area of London.

Wanted: Mohammed Jahangir Alam Credit: National Crime Agency

Jayson McDonald, 37, (below) who is originally from Bristol, is wanted by the Metropolitan Police on suspicion of conspiracies to import and supply heroin and cocaine.

McDonald's his last known address was in the Acton area of London. He is believed to be a member of a Europe-wide organised crime network responsible for the importation of Class A drugs into the UK.

He is 5ft, 11 ins tall.

Wanted: Jayson McDonald Credit: National Crime Agency

Anyone with any information regarding these two men is being asked to call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


Sand sculpture festival will return

Weston super Mare's sand sculpture festival will return Credit: ITV Westcountry

Weston super Mare's sand sculpture festival will return this year despite fears that it might be too expensive.

Organisers have confirmed the festival will be back next month to celebrate its 10th anniversary.

Last year organisers said the festival might not return because it costs too much to set up.

Teenage conmen jailed

Rahim Choudhury and Abdul Shafee jailed Credit: ITV Westcountry

Two teenage conmen have been jailed for their part in phone scams which tricked dozens of pensioners out of thousands of pounds.

19 year olds Rahim Choudhury and Abdul Shafee were part of a gang that conned 30 pensioners from across the South West out of a total of £88,000.

They sometimes pretended they were police.

Choudhury received three years, two months in prison and Shafee, 15 months.

Detective Inspector Tony Hubbard from the South West Vice Crime Unit spoke to ITV news after the sentencing.

Convicted murderer back behind bars

Convicted murderer deported from Australia Credit: Avon and Somerset Constabulary

A convicted West Country killer who went on the run in Australia for 15 years is back behind bars.

Robert Hennessey, 50, was jailed in 1978 for repeatedly stabbing his elderly aunt in Plymouth when he was 14 years old.

Hennessey disappeared after walking out of Leyhill prison, in South Gloucestershire in 1998. Officers finally tracked the 50 year old down in Australia and he has now pleaded guilty to evading lawful custody.

He has been jailed for 16 months.

Robert Hennessey was arrested on suspicion of fraud offences in the Queensland area of Australia in 2013.

Since then we’ve been working closely with the Australian authorities to ensure he was returned to the UK to serve the rest of his sentence and to face justice for the unlawful absconsion.

With the assistance of Devon and Cornwall Police, the victim’s family have been kept updated on Hennessey’s deportation and subsequent court appearances in the UK.

– Det Con Stuart Brooks


The West Country at Westminster: election, NHS crisis, social media

A new series of our political discussion programme, The West Country at Westminster, kicked off last night with Ian Axton at the helm.

Guests were Duncan Hames, the Lib Dem MP for Chippenham, Thangam Debbonaire, Labour's prospective Parliamentary candidate for Bristol West, and the Conservative hopeful in North Devon, Peter Heaton-Jones.

With the election 100 days away on January 27th, they look ahead to the forthcoming contest and discuss the key priorities, such as the NHS, and the rise of social media - particularly Twitter, following an outburst by another local MP who aired his feelings online.

See the debate here and join in the discussion on Twitter with #wcaw

Today's weather: fine and dry with sunny spells

An atmospheric shot of the river Huntspill on the Somerset Levels Credit: Richard Stewart

A fine and dry winter's day across the region with some patchy cloud and plenty of sunshine. There will be a northwesterly breeze that will ease through the day. Feeling noticeably colder than on New Years Day. Maximum temperature 11 deg C (52 deg F).

Tonight will start mainly dry and cold with winds easing. However, milder, cloudier conditions will gradually encroach from the west with rain arriving later, locally heavy across the moors and hills. Minimum temperature 2 deg C (36 deg F).

Saturday will begin wet and windy with the risk of coastal gales. Rain locally heavy over higher ground. Becoming drier later with winds easing into the evening. Maximum temperature 14 deg C (57 deg F).

Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday: Largely fine and dry on Sunday after a cold start, turning cloudy with patchy rain possible later. Remaining mild, cloudy with some patchy rain at times on Monday and Tuesday.

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