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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.

Race crimes fall in Avon & Somerset police area

The number of racially motivated crimes has fallen by 19 per cent Credit: ITV News Westcountry

The number of racially motivated crimes reported to Avon and Somerset Police has dropped in the last two years. Incidents went down by 19 per cent. But victims and case workers have told ITV West Country the figures may not reflect reality - as reporting crime can be difficult.