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Yate man arrested in Holland & £2.6m worth of cocaine seized

The haul of drugs seized by police Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Police have seized £2.6 million worth of Class A drugs as part of a major investigation into the supply of drugs to the South West.

The 66 kilos of cocaine were discovered by officers during the arrest of a 50-year-old man from Yate, South Gloucestershire.

He's being questioned by detectives in Holland on suspicion of international drugs trafficking and money laundering.

These arrests send a strong message to anyone who thinks they can bring Class A drugs onto the streets of the south west that no matter where they are in the world we will pursue you and bring you to justice.

Working side-by-side with our partners we are certain we have prevented what is an extremely large amount of cocaine destined to be brought back to the UK from being sold to communities across the Avon and Somerset force area.

However, our efforts will not stop here. Our determination to disrupt the supply and distribution of all drugs coming into the region remains resolute and we will continue to act on any intelligence we receive.

Our communities deserve to live without the fear of crime and the negative impact of drugs and we are committed to working with our partners across the world as well as those locally to tackle the problem of drugs.

– Detective Inspector Charlotte Tucker, Avon and Somerset police

New sighting of missing DJ Derek in Yate

DJ Derek, who is well-known in the music scene Credit: ITV News West Country

Police searching for missing DJ Derek Morris from Bristol say they have had a suspected sighting of the 73-year-old.

DJ Derek, as he is known, was last seen on his way home from the Commercial Rooms in Bristol on 10 July.

It has now emerged that he may have been seen by friends at Yate bus station on either 16 or 17 July at approximately midday.

Officers are now re-focusing their search in the Yate area.

They have also had sightings of Derek at Cribbs Causeway and Thornbury and are looking into any potential link with bus routes in South Gloucestershire.

Since Derek was reported missing on Thursday 23 July, we’ve conducted a thorough and wide-spread search investigation.

“This has involved detailed CCTV examinations, house to house enquiries and physical searches.

“We have also had a large number of reported sightings following our public appeal and we are working through all of these.

“This new confirmed sighting in Yate will mean we will re-focus our efforts in this area and I would ask anyone who was in the vicinity of Yate bus station on July 16/17 to come forward.

"I would also ask anyone who regularly uses public transport within Yate, Cribbs Causeway or Thornbury to come forward if they have any information.

– Detective Inspector Chris Jay, Avon & Somerset Police


South Gloucestershire dancer and her group wow BGT judges

Groove Thing got four yeses from the judges. Credit: ITV

Fresh from wowing the judges on Britain's Got Talent, young dance group Groove Thing have been performing in South Gloucestershire - but this was an exclusive private showing for the school of one of its members.

11-year-old Eloise Stroud is a Year 7 pupil at Brimsham Green in Yate, and says performing for her classmates was an even bigger challenge than getting four yeses.

She and her 11 fellow dancers are no stranger to a challenge - training all day and after school five days a week in Port Talbot, Wales to get good. It looks like it's paying off.

Two men due in court charged with murdering Jason Betts

Jason Betts died from a head injury after being found unconscious at a house in Yate Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Two men are due in court charged with the murder of a man in South Gloucestershire.

Jason Betts died from a head injury after being found unconscious at a house in Yate on the 5th of March.

The men - 30-year-old Nixon Apire and 28-year-old Nathan Skeen, who are both from London - are due to appear at Bristol Crown Court today.

Two men appear in court charged with Yate murder

Two men from London charged with the murder of 38 year old Jason Betts in Yate have made their first appearance in court.

Nixon Apire, 30, from Barnet and Nathan Skeen, 28, from Lewisham, appeared at a short hearing in North Avon Magistrates’ Court earlier today.

They were remanded in custody to appear before Bristol Crown Court on Monday 16th.

A 37-year-old man previously arrested in connection with this investigation has been released from his bail without charge.

Two charged with the murder of Jason Betts in Yate

Jason Betts died at Southmead Hospital after being found unconscious in Yate Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

Two men have been charged with murdering Jason Betts in Yate.

The 38 year old was found unconscious in his flat in Celestine Road a week ago, and later died in hospital.

30 year old Nixon Apire from London and 28 year old Nathan Skeen, of no fixed address, are due before magistrates tomorrow.


Police given more time to question Yate murder suspects

Detective investigating the murder of Yate man Jason Betts have been given more time to question two suspects.

The men, aged 30 and 28, were arrested in Essex on Monday. This morning Bristol magistrates agreed they could be held for a further 18 hours.

A 37-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder and released on bail has had his bail date extended until 23 March.

Two more men arrested on suspicion of murder after death in Yate

Jason Betts died of a head injury after being found unconscious in his flat Credit: Family

Police have arrested two more men on suspicion of murder in connection with the death of Jason Betts.

The 38-year-old died in Southmead Hospital after being found unconscious at a flat on Celestine Road in Yate last Thursday. A post mortem examination found he'd died from a head injury.

Officers believe it was a targeted attack and believe he knew whoever was responsible.

A 30-year-old and a 28-year-old from North London were arrested at a property in Chelmsford, in Essex, on Monday evening.

Officers are due to transport the men to the Avon and Somerset Force area later today for questioning.

A 37-year-old man who was arrested at the weekend remains on police bail.

Police say they are following a number of leads in Yate death

Police investigating the death of a man in Yate say they are following up a number of leads.

The detective leading the inquiry has praised the local community's "overwhelming response" following their appeal for information after the death of Jason Betts.

Senior Investigating Officer Det Ch Insp Andy Bevan said a number of people had come forward to speak to the investigation team.

We’ve been overwhelmed by the support of the local community following Jason’s death and have received an excellent response to our appeal for information. We’re progressing some very clear lines of enquiry relating to those we suspect of being responsible for Jason’s murder.

– Detective Chief Inspector Andy Bevan
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