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Police appeal for witnesses after woman with learning disabilities robbed at cash-point

Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman with learning disabilities was robbed at a cash-point. The incident took place on Saturday April 9 just after 8.15pm on Regent Street in Kingswood.

The victim was withdrawing cash from a Santander machine next to a taxi rank by Chasers nightclub when a man approached her and snatched £20 from her before running away.

The suspect is described as a white man, in his early 30s, of a slim build with a receding hairline. He was wearing a red sweat top with a money symbol on the front and a silver-backed gorilla wearing a crown on the back.

Anyone with information is asked to contact us now on 101 and quote crime reference number 5216075825.

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Body found in search for missing teen

Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Police searching for missing teenager Joseph Robinson have found a body in the river Avon near Pill.

The 18 year old was last seen running along High Street in Kingswood at 11.20pm on Wednesday December 16.

Initial tests have been carried out and while further DNA tests are required to provide a formal identification, Joseph's family have been informed.

We’ve informed Joseph’s family and they are understandably extremely distressed by this development. We’ll continue to support them through this difficult time.

– Det Insp Charlotte Tucker

Joseph’s death is being treated as unexplained but not suspicious.

Constituency profile: Kingswood

This week has seen both David Cameron and Ed Miliband heading to the Kingswood constituency in Bristol as part of their election campaigns.

Kingswood was one of the shock results of the 2010 election, when the Conservatives took the seat from Labour in one of the biggest swings in the country.

Our political correspondent Bob Constantine takes a look at this important constituency:

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More than a third are paid less than the living wage

More than 1 in 3 people in the region earn less than a living wage Credit: PA

Kingswood in South Gloucestershire has the highest number of people earning below the living wage in the South West.

More than half of its population are paid less than the amount deemed necessary to live on - which is currently set at £7.85 an hour.

According to the Trades Union Congress, more than a third of jobs in the region pay a lower wage than this.

Sickness bug closes South Gloucestershire school

Two Mile Hill Primary School is due to re-open on Monday after a deep clean Credit: ITV News

A South Gloucestershire primary school's been forced to closed after dozens of children and teachers came down with norovirus.

Two Mile Hill School in Kingswood will be closed until Monday to allow for deep cleaning.

Two Mile Hill Primary School in Kingswood Credit: ITV News

MP calls for inquiry into the burst water main incident

More than a dozen families are counting the cost of flood damage to their homes after last weeks water mains burst in Kingswood in South Gloucestershire. The main burst on Thursday afternoon in Fisher Road.

15 homes were flooded and 24,000 properties were left without water. The main has now been repaired and the damaged section sent for analysis to find out why it split.

Today insurance assessors arrived on site to examine the damage to flooded homes. But residents have been told it could be months before they can move back in. They will be fully recompensed as Bristol Water says it is liable and its insurers will meet incurred costs.

However, the thousands of other residents and businesses who were left without water for nearly two days won't get any compensation. It's only payable if the supply is cut off for more than 48 hours.

Chris Skidmore, MP for Kingswood has called for an inquiry review into the incident and says he will be supporting people in their compensation claims. He also says there's a risk of the same thing happening across Bristol:

Water supplies restored to most homes

A river of water engulfed Fisher Road in Kingswood on Thursday. Credit: ITV News West Country

Water has been restored to thousands of homes in South Gloucestershire.

24,000 homes have been without water after a water main burst on Thursday afternoon in Fisher Road, Kingswood.

Residents had to be rescued by an inflatable raft and spent the night in a nearby church. 18 schools were forced to close on Friday.

Almost all supplies affected by the burst have now been restored to normal although teams of engineers are still flushing out the network to remove any air in supply or discoloured water.

It may be that some customers whose supplies have been restored will experience poor water pressure for a while — it will also take some time for restored supplies to reach the upstairs of properties.

We also understand that there are some small pockets of Longwell Green and Oldland Common which are still experiencing supply difficulties, probably caused by our essential flushing work; this is being addressed as quickly as possible.

We thank all customers affected in any way for their patience.

– Bristol Water spokesperson
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