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Man admits raping woman nearly 30 years ago

David Mears Credit: CPS

A 60-year-old man has admitted raping, indecently assaulting and imprisoning a young woman in her Swindon home in 1987 - almost 30 years ago.

David Mears, from Plymouth, pleaded guilty to all three charges at Swindon Crown Court.

The case has been adjourned for psychiatric reports and sentencing is due to take place on Friday 8 July 2016 at Swindon Crown Court.

On Wednesday 12 August 1987 David Mears broke into a property in Swindon and carried out a vicious sexual assault on a 16 year old woman. An investigation was launched at the time but no one was convicted.

– Detective Inspector Mark Power

Detective Inspector Power explained that as part of a review of cold cases, new evidence was discovered through modern forensic methods.

He added that Wiltshire Police is prioritising the victim's welfare and is ensuring she is provided with specialist support.

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New Mayor for Bristol

Marvin Rees making his acceptance speech after becoming Bristol Mayor Credit: ITV News

Labour's Marvin Rees has been announced as the new Mayor of Bristol. He beat George Ferguson by 29,000 votes.

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1st count puts Rees 24k ahead of Ferguson for Bristol Mayor

Bristol Mayor candidates arrive for result Credit: ITV News

We are just hours away from finding out who will be the next Bristol Mayor. Results are due to be announced between 4pm and 6pm.

In the first round of votes Labour's Marvin Rees was 24,000 votes ahead of George Ferguson. There was a total of 142,000 votes.

Yesterday George Ferguson appeared to be conceding defeat to Labour's Marvin Rees. He posted on Twitter thanking his campaign team and said "without big party resources they had done their best for Bristol"

He also tweeted that he may get his life back and thanked everyone who voted.

Bristol Mayor looks to concede to challenger

Results have been coming in throughout the day for a number of elections in the West. The biggest news may well be in the race to become Bristol Mayor. The votes will be counted tomorrow but the current mayor George Ferguson appears to be conceding defeat to Labour's Marvin Rees.

Earlier today he tweeted his thanks to his campaign team and said without big party resources they had done their best for Bristol.

He also tweeted that he may get his life back and thanked everyone who voted.

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