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Bristol's Black History Month ends after 40 events

Black History Month has drawn to a close in Bristol with the sound of African drums. It was just one of at least 40 events that took place across the city through October, celebrating black history, culture and heritage.

It also saw a group of students being honoured for their work in the community helping to promote diversity, and speaking out about racism.

Bruton hit and run: Man released on bail

84-year-old David Hick was on his way to the shops with his dogs when he was killed

Police investigating the death of a pensioner in a hit and run in Somerset earlier this month have released a man on bail, pending further enquiries

The 38-year-old man was arrested on Friday on suspicion of death by dangerous driving after 84-year-old David Hick was run down in Cole Road in Bruton on 14 October.

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Man arrested after 84 year old killed in hit and run

David Hick was on his way to the shops when he was hit.

Police have arrested a man in connection with the death of a pensioner in a hit and run in Somerset.

84-year-old David Hick was killed while out walking his dogs in Bruton ten days ago.

A 38-year-old man from London is in custody on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

Police have also found the car believed to have been involved in the incident.

Another man and a women were arrested earlier this month but released without charge.

"We love you, we miss you...just come home"; the heartfelt plea to missing schoolgirl Yusra Hussein

The family of missing Bristol schoolgirl Yusra Hussein have launched another heartfelt appeal for her to come home.

Speaking on ITV's "The Morning", Yusra's aunt Sucdi Ali spoke into the camera, appealing directly to her niece to come back to her parents.

15 year old Yusra has not been seen since she boarded a flight to Turkey in September. It is feared that she and another girl were on their way to Syria to become a jihadi brides to IS fighters.

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Falklands veteran gets war medal 32 years on

Clive Smith was presented with his South Atlantic Medal by David Cameron Credit: PA

32 years after fighting in the Falklands, a war veteran from Weston-super-Mare has been presented with a South Atlantic Medal by the Prime Minister. It follows an extension of the qualifying criteria.

Previously only those who served before July 1982 were awarded the medal.

Clive Smith and 19 other veterans are the first to receive the medal since the eligibility was extended.

The South Atlantic Medal was given to nearly 30,000 soldiers.

GCHQ head denies "mass surveillance"

GCHQ at Cheltenham Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Wire

The outgoing head of GCHQ, the Government listening centre at Cheltenham, has issued an impassioned defence of its work, insisting it did not engage in "anything remotely resembling mass surveillance".

Sir Iain Lobban, who retires later this month after six years in charge, used his valedictory address to pay tribute to his staff, some of whom he said had made "the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty" - although he gave no further details.

After a tumultuous year overshadowed by the disclosures of the former US intelligence operative Edward Snowden, he insisted GCHQ was committed to the protection of the public from "the plotters, the proliferators and the paedophiles" who exploited the "darkest places" of the internet.

While he acknowledged that tracking down perpetrators online meant accessing the internet "at scale", he said that his organisation was committed to delivering security while protecting privacy "to the greatest extent possible".

Woman released without charge after Bruton hit-and-run

84 year old David Hick died in a hit and run incident in Bruton on Tuesday

Police have been given more time to question a man arrested in connection with a fatal hit and run in Somerset. 84 year old David Hick was killed in the crash in Bruton on Tuesday night. A man in his 40s from Somerset is being held on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. A woman, who was also arrested, has been released without charge. Police are still looking for a car, a dark-coloured Chrysler Grand Voyager in connection with the crash.

Driver arrested after teenager dies in car river plunge

Avon & Somerset Police are appealing for witnesses following the death of a woman after the car in which she was travelling ended up submerged in the River Parrett.

The male driver managed to escape from the vehicle in the incident which happened near to Martock during the early hours of yesterday morning (Sunday 19 October).

The man (21) and woman (19) were in the car which was travelling along Broadmead near to the junction with Hawthorn Hill in the direction of Gawbridge Bow at about 1.10am. The car left the road and entered the River Parrett.

The driver managed to escape but the teenage passenger was trapped in the car. She was declared dead at the scene.

The driver was later arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and has been released on police bail, pending further enquiries.

Police are keen to hear from anyone who may have been in the area at the time of the incident, who may have information to help their enquiries.

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