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Families of tandem death couple invited to meet PM

Ross and Clare Simons were killed when they were knocked off their tandem in Hanham in January 2013 Credit: Family

The families of a couple who were killed by a disqualified motorist in South Gloucestershire have been invited to meet the Prime Minister.

Ross and Clare Simons died in January 2013 when Nicholas Lovell knocked them off their tandem in Hanham. He was jailed for 10 and a half years. Their families are campaigning for people to serve a separate sentence for each life taken.

Disqualified driver Nicholas Lovell was jailed for 10 and a half years for causing the deaths of Ross and Clare Simons Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Stolen defibrillator to be replaced after donations

Eight defibrillators have been taken from Bristol and South Gloucestershire in recent weeks. Credit: ITV News West Country

Life saving equipment stolen from Frenchay village hall near Bristol is to be replaced, after two donors came forward.

The defibrillator was one of eight taken from the area in recent weeks. The thefts caused outrage in the community because they help people suffering cardiac arrests. But now £2000 has been given for a new one.


Life saving defibrillators stolen from Bristol and South Gloucestershire

Thieves have been accused of putting lives at risk after 8 defibrillators were stolen from Bristol and South Gloucestershire

The life saving devices are installed in public places to provide immediate first aid to someone who's heart has stopped beating.

They cost up to £2000 each and are often funded through charity donations.

Victoria Davies reports:

Police investigate thefts of eight defibrillators in Bristol and South Gloucestershire

Ray Care outside Frenchay Village Hall with a now empty cabinet. Credit: ITV News West Country

Police are investigating the thefts of eight defibrillator units in Bristol and South Gloucestershire.

One outside Frenchay Village Hall was stolen over Christmas. Others have gone missing from locations including Fishponds, Pucklechurch and Easton.

Defibrillators are used to deliver a shock to someone's heart after they suffer a cardiac arrest.

Search for man linked to possible child abduction attempts

Police investigating a series of possible child abduction attempts in South Gloucestershire have issued a picture of a man they want to speak to.

He is said to be in his forties, with a distinctive black mark under his right eye.

The man is connected to three incidents earlier this month in Yate, Pilning and Thornbury. Each time the children were approached by a man driving a small blue hatchback and asked if they wanted a lift.

The police are looking for a man who looks like this. Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

Stranger danger cases in Bristol and South Glos are not a "linked series of attempted abductions"

Police investigating a number of suspicious incidents involving men approaching children outside schools in Bristol and South Gloucestershire say they don't believe they are "a series of linked attempted abductions."

Avon and Somerset Police have now investigated most of the incidents that were reported. In some cases they turned out to be simply inappropriate and abusive comments, incidents not involving children or, in other cases, not an incident at all.

"While we understand any incident involving stranger danger are worrying for parents, these reports do not involve any attempted abductions."

– Avon & Somerset Police


Police warning after children approached by stranger

Police are appealing for information on a man approaching children. Credit: PA

A man approached schoolchildren in South Gloucestershire and asked if they wanted a lift in his car in three separate incidents on Wednesday.

None of the children interacted with him, and he left soon afterwards. Police believe these reports could be connected, but do not think they are linked to similar reports in Bristol.

The incidents took place in Yate, Pilning and Thornbury, and each time the man drove a small blue hatchback.

Police have increased patrols in these areas around school times, and are urging parents and children to be careful.

Jake Sims and Stereo Kicks booted off X Factor

Stereo Kicks' Jake Sims performing in the sing-off Credit: Factor

The dream is over for X Factor finalist Jake Sims from Warmley in South Gloucestershire.

His boy band Stereo Kicks were voted off the ITV competition in the quarter finals, leaving only four acts remaining.

They fell foul of the public vote after the judges were split between the eight-strong band and 17-year-old Lauren Platt.

Simon Cowell had the critical vote to either save the group or force a deadlock and defer to the public vote.

He said: "The act that sang the best on the sing off was Lauren," voting to keep her in the competition.

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini stood by her act, Lauren Platt but told the boy band they had talent and could still grow.

Louis Walsh also stood by his act, Stereo Kicks.

Mel B voted in favour of the boys too, apologising to Fernandez-Versini before she said she had to vote for Lauren Platt to leave.

Some members of the boy band wept as their X Factor stint came to an end but said they were thankful to have been on the show.

Speaking on the Xtra Factor afterwards, Simon Cowell told Louis Walsh his poor song choice was to blame. But Walsh insisted: "I did 100% the best I could and they know that. They'll tell you that later."

But Jake Sims will still have a shot of the limelight - Stereo Kicks will be taking part in the X Factor Live Tour in 2015.

Jake (far left) and Stereo Kicks discuss their Xperience on the Xtra Factor Credit: Factor

£4.7 million for new aerospace centre at Filton

The Bristol Aero Collection Trust has been awarded £4.7 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund to build a new aerospace centre at Filton Airfield. As well as being used as a museum, the centre will also provide a permanent home for Concorde 216 - the last plane of its kind to be assembled at the Filton site.

Concorde 216 arrives back at Filton after its last flight, 2003. Credit: PA

Winterbourne promises neglected, says report

The former Winterbourne View care home in Hambrook, South Gloucestershire Credit: PA

Promises made after the Winterbourne View scandal have still not been met, according to an official report.

11 people were convicted for abusing residents at the South Gloucestershire care home in 2011.

As a result, ministers pledged to move people out of institutions and into the community by June this year but there has been little change.

We need to radically ramp up the rights of people with learning disabilities and their families. We need to ramp up community provision so that we can close institutions that hurt people rather than help them.

– Sir Stephen Bubb, report author
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