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Avon and Somerset police appeal for information after rogue trader incident

Credit: Avon and Somerset Constabulary

Police are appealing for information after a Bristol man in his 80s was persuaded to pay over the odds for having a single roof tile repaired.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary say the gentleman had just returned to his home in Whittucks Road, Hanham, on Saturday when he was approached by a man who said that a roof tile needed repair.

He was persuaded to have the work done there and then.

After about 20 minutes of work the man demanded immediate payment in cash.

The gentleman was shocked by the amount charged and the incident was reported to police the following day.

The man has been described as white, aged 25 to 30, and about 5ft 9ins tall. He was driving a white or silver van or estate car with two ladders on the roof.

We’ve visited this gentleman and given him some crime prevention advice and our Bobby Van carpenter has made some improvements to his home security.

– PC Andy Cox, Avon and Somerset Police

Police appeal after stranger tried to grab woman

It happened on Hanham Mount, near to Gunning Close. Credit: Google Earth

Police are appealing for witnesses after "a suspicious incident" in Hanham, South Gloucestershire.

A woman in her 20s was approached by a man on Hanham Mount, near to Gunning Close at around 12.45am on Saturday 29 July.

The man attempted to grab hold of the woman but she ran off and sought shelter in a nearby house.

Description:

  • white
  • approximately 6ft tall
  • generally slim build but with a large stomach
  • aged in his 30s or 40s
  • clean shaven
  • wore a dark coloured tracksuit

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Two arrests after man's body found in River Avon

The body of a man in his 20s was found in the River Avon, in the Hanham area of Bristol.

Two people have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a man's body was found in the River Avon.

The man, who was in his 20s, was recovered in the Hanham area of Bristol by the police's underwater search team on Wednesday.

His death is being treated as unexplained - and police are keen to hear from anyone who was in Hanham near the river yesterday afternoon, who may be able to help.

The man and woman arrested are being questioned by police and remain in custody.

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Families of tandem death couple invited to meet PM

Ross and Clare Simons were killed when they were knocked off their tandem in Hanham in January 2013 Credit: Family

The families of a couple who were killed by a disqualified motorist in South Gloucestershire have been invited to meet the Prime Minister.

Ross and Clare Simons died in January 2013 when Nicholas Lovell knocked them off their tandem in Hanham. He was jailed for 10 and a half years. Their families are campaigning for people to serve a separate sentence for each life taken.

Disqualified driver Nicholas Lovell was jailed for 10 and a half years for causing the deaths of Ross and Clare Simons Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Tandem death family call to end combined sentencing

Ross and Clare Simons were killed when they were knocked off their tandem in January 2013 Credit: Family

The families of a couple from South Gloucestershire killed by a disqualified motorist have started a campaign to change the law on sentencing - so that the man responsible would serve a separate sentence for each life taken, rather than a combined one.

Ross and Clare Simons were killed in January last year when a car driven by Nicholas Lovell knocked them off their tandem in Hanham. He's serving ten and a half years in jail.

Petition from grieving family to Prime Minister

The families of a couple killed by a banned driver in South Gloucestershire are taking their campaign for tougher sentences to the Prime Minister today.

Ross and Clare Simons were hit while riding their tandem in Hanham in January 2013.

The driver had 11 previous convictions for disqualified driving and four for dangerous driving but was only jailed for 10 and a half years. A £14,000 signature petition will be presented to Downing Street this afternoon.

Ross and Clare Simons were hit while riding their tandem in Hanham in January 2013. Credit: ITV News West Country

Family inundated with offers of help after house fire

Mark Sawyer and his family lost everything in the fire. Credit: ITV News West Country

A family from Bristol who lost everything in a house fire last weekend say they've been inundated with offers of help. Mark Sawyer and his family have been put into emergency accommodation after the blaze in Hanham on Sunday morning. They didn't have insurance.

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