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Man sets dog on family and racially abuses them

Police in Bristol are appealing for information after a man set his dog on a woman and her two children before racially abusing them.

The incident happened at around 8.20am on Tuesday on Hareclive Road near the junction of Moxham Drive in Hartcliffe.

Police say a man approached the three victims and let his white Staffordshire Terrier-type dog off its lead. He then said ‘catch’ and motioned the dog towards one of the children.

They say the man then stood and watched as the dog ran barking towards the three victims before jumping up at them.

When the children’s mother asked the man to control his dog officers say he racially abused her and her children.

I can only describe what happened yesterday morning as vile and deplorable.

All three victims have been left extremely distressed by the incident and I’d like to reassure people we are taking it very seriously.

It is quite clearly an incident that will shock the community and I’d like to thank those members of the public who have already contacted us about what they saw.

The man with the dog is described as white, aged in his 40s or 50s and wore light coloured jeans and a jacket.

– Chief Inspector Nigel Colston, Avon & Somerset Police

Police say anyone with information should call 101 and give the call handler the reference 5217150985.

Alternatively, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers with information on 0800 555 111.

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School mistakenly lists UKIP as a racist organisation

The slide featuring UKIP alongside far right groups was used in a class discussion about tolerance Credit: SWNS

A school in Bristol has apologised for listing UKIP as a racist organisation in a lesson.

The party was featured on a slide of far-right groups for a discussion about tolerance. Bridge Learning Campus in Hartcliffe says it was a mistake and has taken steps to ensure it won't happen again.

The school says it has apologised to UKIP which has thanked it for its "prompt and appropriate response".

The slide was used in a class discussion about community relationships and tolerance, and was designed to stimulate debate among our pupils.

It was a mistake for UKIP to have been listed along with the other groups, and I have apologised to the party for its inclusion.

The reference has been removed from the slide and the teacher concerned has apologised and we have taken steps to ensure it will not reappear in future.

– Mark Davies, Chief Executive, Bridge Learning Campus

Cheltenham man fined for racist abuse and assault

George Clifton was fined and told to pay £100 compensation to the victim of his racist abuse Credit: ITV News West Country

A man from Cheltenham has been ordered to pay fines and costs of £475 after admitting racially abusing his neighbour and assaulting her husband.

Russell and Leocadia Shurma leaving court today Credit: ITV News West Country

George Clifton was also told to pay £100 compensation for the racist abuse of Leocadia Shurmer.

A frame from the video showing Mr Clifton waving a saw at Russell Shurmer Credit: ITV News West Country

Clifton had pleaded guilty to injuring Russell Shurmer with a saw, an incident filmed by the victim.

An application for a restraining order against Clifton was rejected.

50th anniversary of the bus boycott

Protesters at Bristol bus station in 1963. Credit: ITV News West Country

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Bristol bus boycott. It was called when the Bristol Bus Company refused to employ black drivers and conductors.

It lasted four months until the firm relented.

An event is being held at the M Shed where there is an original Lodekka bus, the same type that was used in the 60s.

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