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Olympic bronze-medallist Beth Tweddle teaches north Somerset hopefuls

Olympic bronze-medallist Beth Tweddle teaches north Somerset hopefuls Credit: ITV News

The gymnast Beth Tweddle has been in North Somerset today to give lessons to a group of young hopefuls. The Olympic bronze-medallist who is described as Britain's greatest-ever gymnast was opening a new centre.

The South west has got a great reputation. Obviously at the minute you've got Claudia Fragapane who's doing great on the international scene. She was the golden girl at the Commonwealth Games, recent world finalist. There's so many gym clubs around here and there's a lot of opportunity it's just getting all the children into the sport and hopefully they'll love it like I did.

– Beth Tweddle

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PCC apologises after revealing complainant's name

Sue Mountstevens has apologised after telling Chief Constable Nick Gargan the name of a woman who complained about him. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Avon and Somerset's Police and Crime Commissioner has apologised after telling Chief Constable Nick Gargan the name of a woman who complained about him.

Sue Mountstevens said the force's crime panel had received a complaint about her remarks and told her she had made a "mistake".

Mrs Mountstevens said it was a situation she 'could have handled better', and has apologised to the individual concerned.

In May 2014 I was made aware by a member of my team that someone had approached them and made a verbal complaint against Chief Constable Nick Gargan. During a subsequent conversation with Mr Gargan I was discussing a concern I had around how that individual was coping generally, and I mentioned that a complaint had been made against him by that person.

At the time of the conversation I was not aware of the full facts which became apparent subsequently – including the detail of the allegations being made and the request for whistle-blower status. As soon as I became aware of the seriousness of the allegations I initiated the investigation process by voluntarily referring the matter to the Independent Police Complaints Commission and included details of my conversation with Mr Gargan.

A complaint about the disclosure of the name was subsequently made to the Police and Crime Panel who looked into the matter and found that I had made a mistake. I agreed with their finding and I have already written to the individual concerned to apologise for the distress I caused.

I firmly believe that everyone in public office needs to be held to the same high standard of conduct which is why I told the IPCC of my conversation before their investigation began. I have cooperated fully with the Police and Crime Panel’s investigation process. This was a new situation for me and, while I could have handled it better, I have learnt from it and employees within the Constabulary can feel confident approaching me or my team if they have issues they feel uncomfortable raising elsewhere.

– Sue Mountstevens, Avon & Somerset PCC
Nick Gargan remains on suspension until internal disciplinary proceedings are completed. Credit: Andrew Parsons/PA Wire

Nick Gargan was suspended in May this year over allegations he made inappropriate advances to female members of staff. The following month, he was told he would not face a criminal inquiry.

Mr Gargan was also investigated over alleged data protection breaches, but the police watchdog (IPCC) said there was insufficient evidence to bring criminal charges. He remains on suspension until internal disciplinary proceedings are completed.

Man arrested after 84 year old killed in hit and run

David Hick was on his way to the shops when he was hit.

Police have arrested a man in connection with the death of a pensioner in a hit and run in Somerset.

84-year-old David Hick was killed while out walking his dogs in Bruton ten days ago.

A 38-year-old man from London is in custody on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

Police have also found the car believed to have been involved in the incident.

Another man and a women were arrested earlier this month but released without charge.

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