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Crowds turn out for St Paul's Carnival

As many as 100,000 people are expected to attend the Carnival Credit: ITV News West Country

Crowds are lining the streets in Bristol for the annual St Paul's Carnival celebrating the city's rich Afro-Caribbean history.

This year, organisers are trialling an earlier closing time. Due to the cost implications of the usual 2am finish, this year the event will be ending at midnight.

Bright costumes, music and dancing are all part of the Carnival Credit: ITV News West Country

St Paul's Carnival to finish early

Performers at St Paul's Carnival in Bristol Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The organisers of St Paul's Carnival are trialling an earlier closing time. Due to the cost implications of the usual 2am finish, this year the event will be ending at midnight.

St Paul's is one of the City's most popular cultural events, with 100,000 people expected to attend in July.

The event was cancelled in 2012 because of concerns over the safety of participants. This year, although the carnival will be ending at midnight there will be planned after parties for those who wish to stay later.

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Last minute preparations for carnival parade

Last minute preparations are underway as Bristol's St Paul's Carnival parade gets set to hit the streets.

Organisers are hoping for a big turnout to today's event after last year's had to be cancelled due to lack of funding.

Flying the flag: two paraders get ready to show off their Jamaican costumes Credit: ITV News West Country

Rico Gordon an 'innocent victim'

This result demonstrates our commitment to tackling not only those who carry and use firearms but those who assist dangerous offenders and try to cover up their crimes.

Rico was an innocent victim caught in the crossfire and it is pure luck that more deaths or injuries did not happen that night. I would like to thank Rico's family whose support has been invaluable in helping to bring this investigation to a successful conclusion.

I hope today's sentencing can offer them some comfort in knowing that these offenders are now behind bars following their tragic loss.

– Detective Superintendent Sue Scott, Avon & Somerset Police

Three jailed for assisting killers of Rico Gordon

Three men have been jailed for assisting the killers of Rico Gordon who was shot dead in Bristol in July 2011. Sean Youngsam, 26, Courtney Ellis, 28, and Tafari Adams, who is 29, were all sentenced to seven years imprisonment at Bristol Crown Court.

Rico, who was 21, and from London was killed on Stapleton Road, Bristol on Sunday 3 July 2011 after the St Paul's Carnival.Last August Shakah Anderson and Rickel Adams were convicted of his murder and are currently serving life imprisonment.

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