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Severely disabled girl has her 'voice' stolen

The father of a severely disabled girl has begged burglars to return his daughter's 'voice' - after they stole a laptop that is her only way of communicating.

Mark Lawrence and his 13-year-old daughter Celyn were victims of a break-in while they slept at their home in Staple Hill on the outskirts of Bristol.

Police have arrested a man in connection with the theft but they are still working to trace the equipment.

Our reporter Ellie Barker has been to visit to the family.

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'At least four dead' after M5 crash

"At least four people" have been killed after a crash on the M5.

Emergency Services say the road is likely to stay closed for a considerable time. Credit: ITV News

Emergency services are at the scene of a serious crash on the M5 in South Gloucestershire.

Police were called at just after 2.30pm to the site between J15 and J14 northbound.

Several vehicles were involved, including a lorry.

Traffic at a standstill on the M5. Credit: ITV News

Highways England says traffic is trapped for around five miles.

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The crash has caused delays on surrounding roads too. Police are asking motorists to avoid the area. Credit: ITV News

The motorway is closed in both directions between J16 and 14 and emergency services are working at the scene.

Police are asking people to avoid the area.

Further details of diversions can be found here.

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Growing concern for missing man

Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

Police are growing concerned about the welfare of a 60-year-old man from South Gloucestershire.

John Allinson left his home in Rangeworthy at 1.30pm on Tuesday 25 July and has not been seen since.

Officers say John has Parkinson's which can affect his ability to walk and may make him seem disorientated.

He’s described as:

  • White, 6ft tall, slim build with balding grey hair and glasses.
  • Last seen wearing a cream coloured Panama hat with a black ribbon around it, a navy blue long sleeve shirt and brown trousers.
  • He walks with a walking stick.

According to Avon and Somerset Police, John may have wandered into a neighbour's garden and people in the Rangeworthy area are being asked to check any outbuildings. Anyone who may see John is being asked to call 999.

'Suspicious' fire destroys bus shelter where homeless woman was sleeping

A bus shelter in South Gloucestershire where a homeless woman was sleeping was burned down last night.

Two crews were called out to the fire on Kingswood High Street. Credit: ITV News

Police are treating the fire as suspicious and have started an investigation

The woman, known only as Jo, returned from church to find the shelter in Kingswood burning and all her possessions destroyed.

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