– Chief Constable Avon & Somerset Constabulary, Nick Gargan
The sudden death of Batook Pandya over the weekend is a great loss to Bristol and we in Avon and Somerset Police will greatly miss him.
For more than a quarter of a century he has led SARI’s work supporting victims of hate crime.
His work brought him close to local police, helping us find ways of improving our service to victims of hate crime – and sometimes telling us uncomfortable truths.
Gloucestershire Police have extended the deadline for those wishing to applying to join the force by an extra 48 hours.
The recruitment process for new full time PC's will now close at 4.00pm on Sunday 12 January 2014.
Gloucestershire Police will begin recruiting new full time constables today. Hopefuls can apply on their website from 10 o'clock this morning.
In January last year, Wiltshire Police had to stop taking applications after just two hours when more than a quarter of a million people logged onto their website.
It's a year since we went to the polls to elect Police and Crime Commissioners. So on the anniversary, how are they doing?
The role has been criticised for not being high-profile enough.
Our political reporter Robert Murphy has been looking at PCCs a year on.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission investigation into an incident which left 32-year-old Andrew Pimlott with serious burn injuries is now an investigation into the circumstances leading to his death after he died in Frenchay Hospital, Bristol, on 23 April.
My condolences go to Andrew’s family and friends for their loss. This must be a very difficult time for them and we have appointed a family liaison manager who is ensuring the family are kept informed.
Our investigators have already carried out a number of actions, including interviewing the two police officers who attended the incident and ensuring relevant evidence has been secured.
– Sarah Green, IPCC Commissioner
A post-mortem was carried out yesterday and further forensic analysis will be carried out. The IPCC had informed the coroner of our investigation and we will share our report in due course.
Our investigation will be looking at what information was known to the officers attending the scene; the officer’s rationale for discharging a Taser on a person known to be doused in flammable liquid; whether the discharge of the Taser caused the fuel to ignite; and we will look at training and policies.
Two men have been taken to hospital with gunshot wounds after a shooting incident in Gloucester.
Police were called to a house in the Tredworth area of the city in the early hours of the morning.
One of the men is said to have serious injuries, but they are not believed to be life threatening. The condition of the other man is not believed to be serious.
A police cordon is in place at the scene and a full investigation is underway. No arrests have been made.
Police stress there is nothing to suggest that there is any threat to public safety in the area.
Avon & Somerset Police are appealing for spectators with video or photos of the fatal accident to contact them.
The crash happened as 23-year-old cyclist Junior Heffernan came round a bend during the Severn Bridge Road Race.
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Bath police have issued a picture of a man they want to trace in connection with an armed robbery at the V Cars taxi offices in Cheltenham Street on Monday February 11.
Police say he threatened the owner of the taxi company with a handgun and stole a quantity of cash from a safe. He then ran off down the stairs followed by a member of staff, who chased him into Westmoreland Street.
He is described as white, in his mid to late 20s, around 5ft 10ins tall and of stocky build. He was dressed in black with a woollen hat pulled down over his face and a fleece top zipped up to his chin.
Anyone who recognises the man from the picture, or who saw a man matching the description in the area at around 5.15 to 5.30pm on Feb 11, is asked to call Bath CID on 101.
Police are appealing for witnesses after an 8-year-old boy was left with a broken leg following a collision on Barton Street in Gloucester on Saturday evening. A silver Toyota Yaris collided with the child as he crossed the road at a zebra crossing.
The road was closed for an hour while the ambulance service attended to the boy. He was then taken to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital for treatment. There was a number of people at the scene and police are urging anyone who saw the crash and who didn’t speak to officers at the time to call 101.
Bristol City Council are to reconsider proposed cuts to PCSO funding which were announced last week as part of budget proposals by the Mayor George Ferguson. A cross-party working group has now been set up to try and retain as many PCSOs in Bristol as possible.
It comes after concerns were raised by the community and the Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner.
– Councillor Gus Hoyt, chairman of working group
We have been consulting with the police as part of the review in an effort to find a way forward. There is recognition, of course, of the role PCSOs play in tackling crime and the fear of crime in our communities.
But at the same time we face tough choices when it comes to making savings in the current climate of increased financial pressures.
Recommendations will be made next week in advance of final budget proposals being agreed.