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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.

Artistic Co-Ordinator resigns over future of St Paul's carnival in Bristol

The carnival, due to be held in July, is one of the country's biggest celebrations of Afro-Caribbean culture. But a community group objects to the way it is being run and that the main events will now be in Portland Square, outside St Paul's itself.

Artistic co-ordinator Julz Davies says he's stepping down because he says local people have not been kept informed.

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