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Four arrested following illegal New Year's rave

Police were called to an empty warehouse off Unity Road in Keynsham just after midnight today, New Year's Day Credit: Bing

Four people have been arrested following an unlicensed rave in Keynsham.

Police were called to an empty warehouse off Unity Road just after midnight, following complaints from members of the public.

There were a large number of people there but officers identified the organisers. The four were arrested on suspicion of conspiring to cause a public nuisance. Police also seized sound equipment.

Unlicensed music events pose a serious risk to public safety and our primary focus has to be on bringing the event to a safe and controlled conclusion.

There were a large number of people in attendance and we needed to have the right number of resources in place to make sure they could leave without putting themselves or others at risk.

We’re aware there has been significant disruption to local residents and I’d like to assure people we were using all available powers to close it down safely.

– Supt Cath Johnstone, Avon & Somerset Police

A small number of people at the event had minor injuries and officers worked with the ambulance service to ensure they were treated.

The force will be investigating the full circumstances surrounding the rave and Supt Johnstone says officers will be liaising directly with residents to explain the police response and the complexities of dealing with events of this nature.


Keynsham Cadbury's sign to be removed today

The famous sign is being removed today. Credit: ITV West Country

The famous Cadbury's sign on the outside of the former factory in Keynsham is due to be removed this morning.

The chocolate company has asked the demolition firm to break up the logo, but have given special permission for the apostrophe to be given to Fry's historian Hugh Evans.

The site at Somerdale is being developed into a retirement community.

Police sergeant questioned after man suffers fractured skull

Police sergeant questioned after man suffers fractured skull Credit: ITV News

A police officer has been questioned on suspicion of grievous bodily harm after a man suffered a fractured skull in a custody suite near Bristol.

The man was arrested outside a Bristol nightclub last month and was taken into custody in Keynsham. He suffered the head injury, bleeding on the brain and a perforated ear drum after an incident with a custody sergeant.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating what happened.

The sergeant has been served with gross misconduct and has been interviewed under criminal caution.

"At approximately 2.00am the man was involved in an incident with a custody sergeant during which he suffered a serious head injury.

He was taken to Southmead Hospital where it was confirmed that he had a fractured skull, bleeding on the brain and a perforated ear drum.

He has subsequently been released from hospital.

The sergeant has been served with a gross misconduct notice and has been interviewed under criminal caution on suspicion of Unlawfully wounding/inflicting Grievous Bodily Harm."

– IPCC Spokesperson

Teachers at Wellsway School strike

Wellsway School in Keynsham Credit: ITV News

Teachers at Wellsway School in Keynsham are striking today.

Members of the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers, NASUWT, are protesting about workload. The strikes are the first of six days of planned action by the union.

The school has been in negotiation with both unions, but despite reaching an agreement with the National Union of Teachers didn't do so with the NASUWT.

In that letter, Andrea Arlidge, headteacher of the school, and head of school Simon White said the dispute was over "measures that we had taken to help improve the quality of teaching that your children receive".

Ms Arlidge and Mr White said the NASUWT was especially concerned over the "additional work" it felt these steps would involve.

I regret that the NASUWT has decided to take industrial action on Wednesday 11th March, but welcome the decision of the NUT not to do so. We have worked hard to meet staff concerns about workload whilst ensuring we continue to work towards the improvements we believe are vital to Wellsway's continuing success.

– Andrea Arlidge, Headteacher

The strike action is completely avoidable. The NASUWT has made every effort to secure an agreed way forward through genuine negotiation, but the employer has failed to effectively address the serious concerns of members.

The teachers at Wellsway are all dedicated and committed members of staff, who have no wish to cause disruption to pupils or to parents, but in the face of the employer’s intransigence have been left with no choice but to protest in this way.

– Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT


Family confirm Ben Pocock died in Malaysian air crash

Ben Pocock was a passenger on the flight in July. Credit: Facebook

The family of Ben Pocock, from Keynsham, have today confirmed that he has been formally identified as one of the victims of the Malaysian MH17 air crash over Ukraine on July 17.

We can confirm that Ben was a victim of the disaster. We would like to thank all those who have sent us messages of support and tributes to Ben, and we would ask to be allowed to grieve and come to terms with our loss.

– Jeremy & Louise, Ben's parents

Trains disrupted between Bristol and Bath

All services between Bath and Bristol have resumed after a train hit a person at Keynsham Credit: ITV News file picture

There are delays of up to 20 minutes on First Great Western and South West services between Bristol Temple Meads and Bath Spa after a person was hit by train at Keynsham earlier.

The line has now reopened but knock-on delays are likely until 12:30pm

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