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Five arrested in Bristol bike theft crackdown

Police are still trying to find the owners of 28 of the stolen bikes. Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

Five people were arrested today, as part of a year-long police investigation targeting organised criminals stealing bikes in Bristol and South Gloucestershire.

Four men aged 18, 19, 21 and 22, and a woman aged 45 have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to handle stolen goods. They are currently in police custody.

Of 70 bikes known to have been stolen, the owners of 28 of them have still not been found.

You can see pictures of these bikes here. If you recognise one contact Acting Detective Sergeant Russell Saunders on 101.

“Around 2,000 bikes are reported stolen every year in Bristol and we know there’s a lot of concern among cyclists about the extent of the problem.

“Hopefully, today’s operation will provide some reassurance about the work we’re doing to target key people driving the problem.

“Although many are organised criminals, their lives are made far too easy by the availability of often high-value but poorly secured bikes.

“We really need cyclists, retailers and employers to do more to help reduce their supply.”

– Acting DI Mark Langdon

To find out more about keeping your bike safe, visit www.halgradesyourlocks.com.

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Concorde to get a roof over its head

Concorde making its final touch down at Filton - where it is to be housed permanently Credit: PA

Concorde is to get a permanent home. South Gloucestershire council has granted planning permission for an aerospace museum at the former Filton airfield, near where the iconic jet was made - and made its final touch down in 2003.

World War I hangars are to be refurbished to provide an indoor exhibition for the supersonic aircraft. They will also house the Bristol Aero Collection - the trust has been awarded a £4.7m Heritage Lottery Fund grant for the project.

Finding a permanent home for Concorde at its birthplace in Filton is fantastic news for the people of South Gloucestershire and for the iconic aircraft which will be preserved for future generations to enjoy.

Once up and running, the museum is set to become one of the most popular visitors’ attractions in the West, bringing many economic benefits to the region while celebrating the history of the aerospace industry past, present and future.

– Cllr Matthew Riddle, Leader of South Gloucestershire Council

Multi-million pound boost for the region's roads

Councils in the West have secured multi-million pound funding from the Government to help maintain roads.

The two biggest schemes will see £14 million spent on the A4174 Ring Road in South Gloucestershire, while the A403 from Avonmouth to Aust gets £12 million.

Gloucestershire County Council will receive £5 million to help convert street lights to energy saving LEDs

The money will help maintain the region's roads

Convicted murderer back behind bars

Convicted murderer deported from Australia Credit: Avon and Somerset Constabulary

A convicted West Country killer who went on the run in Australia for 15 years is back behind bars.

Robert Hennessey, 50, was jailed in 1978 for repeatedly stabbing his elderly aunt in Plymouth when he was 14 years old.

Hennessey disappeared after walking out of Leyhill prison, in South Gloucestershire in 1998. Officers finally tracked the 50 year old down in Australia and he has now pleaded guilty to evading lawful custody.

He has been jailed for 16 months.

Robert Hennessey was arrested on suspicion of fraud offences in the Queensland area of Australia in 2013.

Since then we’ve been working closely with the Australian authorities to ensure he was returned to the UK to serve the rest of his sentence and to face justice for the unlawful absconsion.

With the assistance of Devon and Cornwall Police, the victim’s family have been kept updated on Hennessey’s deportation and subsequent court appearances in the UK.

– Det Con Stuart Brooks

Bereaved family appeals for stricter sentences for driving offences

Ross Simons and his wife Clare died in 2013

The parents of a man killed by a drug driver in South Gloucestershire will meet the Prime Minister today to appeal for stricter sentencing.

Ross Simons and his wife Clare died when their tandem bicycle was hit by Nicholas Lovell - who had already been disqualified from driving several times.

The families believe his sentence was too lenient, and have been campaigning for tougher sentences for repeat offenders since the couple died in 2013.

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More than a third are paid less than the living wage

More than 1 in 3 people in the region earn less than a living wage Credit: PA

Kingswood in South Gloucestershire has the highest number of people earning below the living wage in the South West.

More than half of its population are paid less than the amount deemed necessary to live on - which is currently set at £7.85 an hour.

According to the Trades Union Congress, more than a third of jobs in the region pay a lower wage than this.

12-year-old girl missing from South Gloucestershire

Oliwia Gogolinska, 12, has been missing since Wednesday. Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

A 12-year-old girl has gone missing from Pucklechurch in South Gloucestershire.

Oliwia Gogolinska apparently left her school at lunchtime on Wednesday. She did not return home and has not been seen since.

Police believe she may be in the Filton area near Bristol, and are concerned for her welfare because of her age and vulnerability. She went missing in her green school uniform but may have taken other clothes.

Speed cameras back on: the list of Avon & Somerset locations

29 cameras are going back into action. Credit: ITV News

Speed cameras are starting to be switched on across Avon and Somerset today, for the first time since 2011. Here is where they are.

Bristol:

  • A4 Bath Road, (PDSA), Bristol
  • A4 Bath Road (Supertune), Brislington
  • B3122 St John’s lane, Bristol
  • A4 Bath Road (Monument), Bristol
  • A4 Hotwells Road, nr Clifton Wood
  • Filton Avenue, Horfield, Bristol
  • A4018 Westbury Road, Bristol
  • A4 Portway westbound, Shirehampton
  • A4 Portway eastbound, Shirehampton

Bath and NE Somerset:

  • A4 Bath Road, near The Shallows, Saltford
  • A37 Pensford Hill, near Station Approach junction, Pensford

North Somerset:

  • B3440 New Bristol Road, near Mendip Green First School, Worle, WSM

South Gloucestershire:

  • A420 Hill Street, Fairview Road junction, Kingswood
  • New Cheltenham Road/Syston Way, near Northend Road junction, Kingswood
  • A38 Gloucester Road, southbound, near Redfield Road junction, Patchway
  • A4174 Filton Road, Coldharbour Lane junction, Filton
  • A4174 Station Road, Filton Avenue junction, near the College, Filton
  • A38 Gloucester Road, northbound, near Patchway roundabout, Patchway
  • A4174 Station Road, eastbound, near junction 4174 Link Road, Filton
  • A4174 Station Road, westbound, near junction 4174 Link Road, Filton
  • A38 Gloucester Road, southbound, Station Road junction, Filton
  • A38 Gloucester Road North, southbound, Gayner Road junction, Filton

Somerset:

  • A38 Bridgwater Road, Cross
  • A39 Bath Road, near junction B3141 Woolavington Hill, Bawdrip
  • Fore Street, Othery
  • A38 Bristol Road, Rookbridge
  • A38 Chritchard Parkway, junction A38 East Reach, Taunton
  • A358, near junction Lipe Lane/Stoke Road, Henlade

Driverless cars trialled in South Gloucestershire and Bristol

Cars that are able to drive themselves are being tested in the West.

The trial is running in Bristol and South Gloucestershire with the aim to investigate whether driverless cars can reduce congestion and make roads safer.

The research will be carried out at the University of the West of England. This region is one of only 3 trials in the UK to be testing the technology.

We're looking to see what benefits there could be to society of introducing driverless vehicles, and we want to get peoples reactions, expectations, to see how they might use them and how it might affect their lives and how they choose to travel.

– Professor Graham Parkhurst, University of the West of England
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