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'I just want her back': Plea to find missing police dog

Meg the police dog has gone missing. Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

A young police dog has been missing from the Clevedon area for over two days.

Meg is is being trained as a general purpose police dog and escaped from her kennel on Friday (Nov 6).

Her handler PC Lee Webb says he just wants her back:

Police searching for missing man find body

Police searching for a missing man from Chippenham have found a body in woodland in the nearby village of Stanton St Quintin.

One of the team of officers looking for 51-year-old Stephen Clarke spotted his Mitsubishi Shogun parked behind the village hall at just after 2.30pm today (Nov 8).

The discovery of a man's body in nearby woods was made shortly afterwards.

A formal identification is yet to take place, but Mr Clarke's family has been informed.

I would like to thank the public and the media for their assistance in trying to find Mr Clarke.

I would now ask that his family's privacy is respected at this sad time.

– Insp Chris Martin, Wiltshire Police


Police dog missing in Clevedon

Meg is a Belgian Malinois. Credit: Avon and Somerset police

Police are appealing for help to find a young police dog that has gone missing in the Clevedon area.

Meg is a Belgian Malinois, which is like a lean version of a German Shepherd. It is infact the short-haired version of the Belgian Shepherd dog and is about the same size as a greyhound.

Meg is seven months old and has a black muzzle, black ears and has a short coat which is foxy brown in colour. She is wearing a red collar.

Meg is currently undergoing assessment for use as a general purpose police dog.

Concern is growing because Meg is fairly timid, is not likely to have eaten and will be frightened by fireworks, which may be let off this evening.

It is possible she may be sheltering in someone’s garden and police are urging people living in the Kenmore Drive area of Clevedon to check garden outbuildings, garages and sheds.

When NOT to call 999

Police reminding people calling 999 is for emergencies only. Credit: Avon and Somerset police

Staff from the Avon and Somerset police call centre are reminding people calling 999 is for emergencies only.

Some of the calls they get are not for the police and recently they arrested a persistent caller for wasting police time and the ambulance service's time too.

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Car crashes into Cheltenham shop after police chase

Car crashes into shop Credit: Gloucestershire Police

A jeep smashed through the window of a shop in Cheltenham late last night after failing to stop for police.

A 19-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of driving offences, criminal damage and failing to stop in connection with the incident.

The pursuit started around 8.10pm Oct 8 when the driver of the blue Jeep Cherokee ignored police requests to pull over on Prestbury Road.

Around 20 minutes later it was spotted in the St Paul's area and there was a short pursuit before a stinger device was successfully used to burst the tyres near Clarence Square.

The driver carried on though on two flat tyres, driving through red lights at speed before failing to take a left turn and crashing through the window of Clarence Stores.

There are believed to have been four male occupants in the car, all wearing dark clothing, who made off from the scene.

A number of people were near the crash site at the time and police would like to hear from them.


Police search for hero "Paul" the life saver

Avon Gorge Credit: PA Ben Birchall

A woman was stopped from plummeting to her death from a cliff in Bristol by a quick-thinking police officer who managed to grab her by her hair just in time.

PC Jeanette Cadden was holding a beat surgery on Saturday evening when she spotted the woman apparently attempting to kill herself in the Avon Gorge.

The woman had climbed over the fence and was on the cliff edge when PC Cadden managed to grab her hair and stop her falling hundreds of feet.

A man who was passing with his girlfriend saw PC Cadden struggling to keep hold of the woman and came to her assistance, helping to pull the woman back over the fence.

Police are trying to trace the man to issue a proper thank you.

I managed to get to the woman just in time and stop her from falling but had the man not come to help me, I physically would not have been able to pull the woman back over the fence to safety and she may have lost her life.

He told me his name was Paul and he was from the Totterdown area of Bristol and was out on an evening stroll with his partner.

I would really like to give a proper thanks to someone who acted quickly and without thought to help me and ultimately save this woman's life.

– PC Cadden, of Avon and Somerset Police

Police appeal for witnesses in murder investigation

Gloucestershire Police have opened a murder enquiry following an incident in the early hours of this morning.

Police were called at 3.23am to the All Nations Community Centre, Chase Lane, Gloucester where a party was being held.

After the party ended a seriously injured man was found in the car park and police officers and paramedics administered first aid. The man was taken by ambulance to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital but doctors were unable to save his life and he was later pronounced dead.

A second man was taken to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital with serious injuries. He has since undergone surgery and his condition is not considered life threatening. A third man was treated for more minor injuries.

We would like to appeal to everyone who attended the party and anyone who witnessed the incident to come forward as they may have vital information that will assist with the investigation.

We are particularly keen to identify a group of individuals who left the scene on foot at around the time of the incident and are appealing to them to come forward. If you saw or heard a group of individuals leaving the scene we are asking you to please call and help us with our enquiries.

We are appealing for anyone who has any information of any kind in relation to this incident to please contact us.

– Steve Porter, Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector

Bristol airport reopens after security threat

Bristol airport reopens Credit: PA: Ben Birchall

Bristol airport has reopened after police investigated a suspicious package on board a plan.

Police were called after an item was reported on board during a routine aircraft inspection following the arrival at Bristol Airport of Ryanair flight from Alicante just before midnight yesterday (Saturday 22 August).

Passengers were evacuated from the terminal as a precaution and the Airport was temporarily closed to air traffic, reopening just before 6am this morning.

Police were satisfied that the item did not represent a threat.

As a result of this disruption a total of 12 inbound flights diverted to other airports, and arrangements are being made to bring aircraft and passengers back to Bristol.

Some delays to today’s flight schedule can be expected as a result of this incident, but Bristol Airport is working with airlines to minimise disruption to passengers wherever possible. Bristol Airport apologises for the inconvenience caused to passengers but puts safety and security first at all times.

– Bristol Airport Spokesperson

Who is the new Chief Constable for Wiltshire?

Mike Veale, the Deputy Chief Constable for Wiltshire, is to become Chief Constable Credit: Wiltshire Police

It has been announced that, subject to confirmation, the current Deputy Chief Constable for Wiltshire, Mike Veale, is to become the county's Chief Constable. He will succeed Pat Geenty who is retiring.

I am absolutely thrilled at being appointed - subject to confirmation - as the Chief Constable of Wiltshire Police.

During the past ten years I have loved every minute of serving the public of Wiltshire and Swindon and I am incredibly proud that this Force is one of the top performing forces in the country.

The legacy that Chief Constable Pat Geenty is leaving behind is that Wiltshire Police is in the great position of being able to withstand austerity and continue to provide a good service to the public.

The priorities for the coming months are to maintain that success and continue our tranformation programme, in particular our strategic partnership with the two local authorities, and our strategic alliance with Avon and Somerset.

If I am confirmed in the post I will be taking over a Force with a strong reputation, high standards, a clear set of values and talented officers and staff. I want to build upon all of this good work.

Like all police forces, Wiltshire Police is facing major austerity challenges as well as an increased demand for local services. Therefore, I want to ensure that we are thinking laterally and radically about how we can save money, whilst working hard to protect frontline resources.”

– Deputy Chief Constable Mike Veale

Mike Veale has been the DCC at Wiltshire Police since March 2013, having joined the Force in January 2005 as a Detective Superintendent from Avon and Somerset Constabulary.

He started young, becoming a police cadet at 16. He joined the Avon and Somerset Force as a Police Constable in 1984, taking on a number of roles before transferring to Wiltshire. His most recent responsibility has been overseeing the force's transformation as well as working with the council to integrate services.

Mike is married with one son.

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